Agua, Aguita / Water, Little Water

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Lyrical journey through the water cycle in three languages.

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Educational Value

Readers experience poetry as they learn about the water cycle in two languages.

Positive Messages

Positive theme of appreciating nature and the world around us.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Colorful representations of how the water cycle functions encourage readers to care for our planet.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Agua, Agüita / Water, Little Water, by Jorge Tetl Argueta and illustrated by Felipe Ugalde Alcantara, is a story written in the form of a poem. Agüita is a water droplet that takes us on a journey of its life cycle -- from its beginnings in the oceans and on the petals of flowers to rivers, lakes, and oceans. The poetic words and vibrant illustrations show how water nourishes the earth and brings life to living things. The book is written in Spanish and English. Text is featured on the left page -- Spanish at the top of the page and English at the bottom. Each right page features a colorful illustration that depicts Agüita's journey through the life cycle. At the end of the book, you will find the poem written in Nahuatl, the language of the Pipil-Nahua people of El Salvador in Central America, as Argueta is a native Salvadoran and Pipil-Nahua Indian. You can read more about the author on the last page of the book.

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What's the story?

AGUA, AGÜITA / WATER, LITTLE WATER is a poem set in the first person that explores the water cycle from the perspective of "Agüita" or "Little Water." Agüita explains how water drops rise from the depths of the ocean and "travel through light and darkness" to rest "on the tips of leaves," to "climb to the sky" and become a part of our atmosphere, eventually returning to Earth as rain.

Is it any good?

Author Jorge Tetl Argueta creates a lyrical journey through repeating word patterns that emulate ripples and waves even as he describes beautiful landscapes. The full-page illustrations that accompany the text in Agua, Agüita / Water, Little Water give vivid visuals for Agüita's cycle of life and remind readers that water is all around us. The vibrant illustrations portray the different forms and colors that water can take on -- droplets glistening on leaves, a river rolling from a mountain, rain falling from clouds, an orange and purple ocean at sunset -- and taps into the imagination of young readers as they learn about the water cycle in Spanish and English.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the water cycle shown in Agua, Agüita / Water, Little Water.  How does water travel? How does it bring life to living things?

  • How do you use water? Where do you see water in the world around you?

  • How is water used in different cultures around the world? What's water called in other languages?

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