A Drop of Water

Common Sense Media says

Photos capture water's beauty and complexity.





What parents need to know

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that they won't find any objectionable content in this book that's driven by detailed photographs of water in various states. While the writing might not engage younger readers, the amazingly detailed images have the potential to interest kids in performing simple science experiments with their parents.

Parents say

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Clear, simple, spectacular. In a gorgeous combination of art and science, the beauty and complexity of water are captured in luminous photographs, cogent text, and intriguing experiments. Walter Wick examines water in its many incarnations--droplet, snowflake, steam, bubble, ice, frost, dew, cloud, and rainbow. He also provides the two essentials for scientific experimentation: inspiration and directions.

Is it any good?


What a deceptively simple title and topic! The starkness of the book reminds us that motivating kids to learn doesn't necessarily require visual bells and whistles. Simple language and glowing photographs surrounded by white space prevent readers from becoming overwhelmed by challenging scientific concepts.

Take a breath -- you can almost fall into the photographs. This is a book to be digested rather than devoured, and everything about it tells the reader, "Go slow." It doesn't need to be read in one sitting, either; it can be picked up and leafed through until one of the photographs inevitably grabs the reader. More vivid and detailed than what can be seen with the naked eye, the pictures are so appealing, and the experiments so easy, that most children will be eager to try them out right away, with satisfying results.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the science behind each photograph, reading the detailed captions that accompany each image for more information. Which picture is your favorite? Why? Do you understand what's happening in the photograph? Now look in the back of the book, where you'll find directions for scientifically reproducing the phenomenon pictured in each image. Were you able to re-create what you saw? Which experiment was the most fun? Why?

Book details

Author:Walter Wick
Illustrator:Walter Wick
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Inc.
Publication date:January 1, 1996
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

This review of A Drop of Water was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 11 year old Written byBABYJ15 January 8, 2011


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?


What are the different ways that you access Common Sense Media ratings and information? (Check all that apply)

Essential Apps Guide