Water Rolls, Water Rises / El agua rueda, el agua sube

By Pat Mora
Illustrated by Meilo So

Hardcover: $18.95



Water rolls/El agua rueda
onto the shore/hacia la orilla
under the sun, under the moon./bajo el sol, bajo la luna.
Here is a poetic ode to the beauty of the natural world as expressed by the movement and moods of water on Earth. With every evocative verse in English and Spanish, we visit one of fourteen different water landscapes and cultural areas around the world, each stunningly illustrated with a breathtaking view of a place of natural beauty and conveying a sense of the drama, joy, power, serenity, grandeur, or peacefulness of water. From the Grand Canal of Venice to Qutang Gorge in China, from the Sahara in Morocco to the Andes of Chile, we learn about the world through the lens of water, our most precious, life-giving resource.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Pat Mora - Author

is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books. She is also the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Mora and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her online at

Photo: Cheron Bayna

Thumb_meilo_so_resized Meilo So

has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books. Her work is consistently praised for its spontaneity and ability to capture the essence of a person, animal, place, or object with very few brush strokes. Animals and birds feature prominently in many of her books, and they appear wherever they can in Water Rolls, Water Rises. A native of Hong Kong, So now lives in the Shetland Isles, Scotland, with her husband and their daughter. Visit her website,

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Hardcover: 9780892393251


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Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 5


Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Bilingual, Cultural Diversity, Earth/Sun/Moon System, Education, Environment/Nature, Exploring Ecosystems, Five Senses / Body Parts, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Poetry, Water

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