Upstream, Downstream: Exploring Watershed Connections

Orca. (Orca Footprints). Sept. 2021. 48p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459823921.
Gr 3-7–Rae explains what watersheds are, going beyond the typical explanation of the water cycle or the differences in bodies of water. She presents the importance of watersheds in everyone’s lives, how everything in the environment affects it, and how people can protect and even improve its health. The narrative style is engaging; the layout makes it easy to read and includes well-chosen stock images. This book might resonate more with American readers if large expanses of land or water were compared to the size of a football field in addition to a hockey rink. A cursory fact check reveals that Mount St. Helens experienced pyroclastic flows in 1980, not lava as the author states. At the end, Rae also includes profiles of people who have championed for and changed the health of their local watersheds. Back matter includes a list of resources, glossary, and index.
VERDICT Overall, engaging and informative. Recommended as an additional purchase.

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