In Water Boy by David McPhail, a young boy develops a friendship with water.
He learns all kinds of wonderful things he can do with water. He puts rainwater in a bottle in a window to absorb the sun’s energy, and finds he can purify even a whole bottle of ink with just one drop. “Two drops would clear up a mud puddle.”
He takes the water to school one day to show his class, and on the way home, as he’s crossing a bridge, he hears a call for help.
He discovers that the river below is calling to him, “begging to be made clean”.
He pours his special water into the river, first one drop, and then drop by drop until the whole bottle is empty, and something incredible happens.
This is an extraordinary and beautiful book, published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (www.abramsyoungreaders.com).
ISBN 13: 978-0-8109-1784-2
ISBN 10: 0-8109-1784-X
Read this book.
Then read it to your family, to your friends, to children, to your city council, to your school, to the Rotary Club, to everyone you know.
**NOTE: Rainwater in the United States may be contaminated with Fukushima radiation. This may be a hurdle to working with water. Or it may not be.