By Gordon Morrison
A baby crouches beside a meadow brook, and a drop of water collects and falls from the child's fingertip to proceed on its trip. the place does that trip start? excessive within the sky, rain clouds are parting. Water trickles and flows down the mountain, accumulating in an upland lavatory, seeping via a beaver's dam, dashing over rocks, passing many crops and animals alongside its winding way—each depending on water and different environments it shapes to stay. writer and illustrator Gordon Morrison has captured a unmarried second in time, revealing the path and impression of water, and alluring readers to pause and view the realm round them during this appealing and lyrical appreciation of nature and the source that makes all of it possible—a drop of water.
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A Drop of Water by Gordon Morrison