Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija is a thorough exploration of all the things and ways water can be. Follow through the seasons to this rhyming verse and lovely pictures to find out what water does. This book will be great to use with preschoolers to third graders and expand on their vocabulary. What is the tadpole hatcher? (a pond) What is a picture catcher? (a reflection) There is an author note at the back, glossary, and further reading ideas.
The artist combines traditional and digital techniques to create delicate and atmospheric illustrations. I love the whimsical pictures. There is so much texture and detail, but they pictures are not too crowded.