Monday, October 24, 2011

Water Dance



Title : Water Dance
Author and Illustrator : Thomas Locker
Publisher : Harcourt


Is it a picture book or a book full of text? Is it a children's book or otherwise? Is it a prose or verse? Is it a science or an art book?

The answer to all these questions is very simple - this book belongs to a category selectively reserved for the ones which satisfy all definitions yet defy any one description, which impart so much but do the same so very subtly, which work wonders but it is difficult to replicate the experience every time, which reiterate the known facts but offer the unmatched freshness in doing so.

So if you have picked this book up, you are in for a wonderful adventure and a pleasant surprise.

The life blood of our planet, of each and every breathing creature - WATER takes us along on a journey of its life. It falls from sky as rain, it cascades as mountain stream, it spirals down a mountain cliff making a waterfall, it stays still in a lake, it winds through valleys as river, it rushes to meet the big expanse of ocean, it rises in the air forming mist, it floats in the sky as clouds, or it thunders furiously. The various dance forms and the moves of the water create an endless cycle that it keeps following incessantly.

Displaying its unparalleled virtues - the wisdom of adapting, the acumen of transforming, the poise of getting transformed, the vulnerability in surrendering - water assumes the role of a great mentor of all times.

Water in varied avatars influences so many and gets impacted by so many. On its journey through the world, it experiences and expresses different emotions - from fury of storm, calmness of lake to free-spiritedness of ocean waves.

An exquisite book which has poetic text and mesmerizing oil paintings, each one worth getting picture framed. A really beautiful way to introduce water cycle while subtly highlighting the profound philosophy of life and how much we all need to learn from this silent but powerful element of life.

Image Courtesy : Barnes&Noble

10 comments:

utbtkids said...

Sounds AMAZIng Vibha!!

sandhya said...

A very poetic description of water in motion in its various forms, Vibha. One can feel its flow! Lovely!

Tharini said...

Yes, I have had the acute joy of reading this book, and experiencing the poetry of this dance through your own words, is a joy in itself.

Anybody who wants to feel calmed down in a few short minutes, has just to thumb through this book.

ranjani.sathish said...

Beautiful review Vibha ! The review is as poetic as the book appears. I am very keen to take a look at this book.

Choxbox said...

wow!

Meera Sriram said...

I love the title! Seems like a work of art...thanks Vibha!

Anusha said...

lovely, Vibha! enjoyed the glimpse of 'dance' in your choice of words - "fall, cascade, spiral..." will definitely check it out.

Vibha said...

Thanks all :)
It was a pleasure reading and reviewing this book.
Thanks to CROCUS, got the opportunity to search for some rare gems and share them with the readers.

Praba said...

"Displaying its unparalleled virtues - the wisdom of adapting, the acumen of transforming, the poise of getting transformed, the vulnerability in surrendering - water assumes the role of a great mentor of all times."

Loved these lines, V! Struck a deep chord. Love the way you've "sprinkled" poetry all through. A very profound pick! Will look out. Thanks!

Vibha said...

Thanks P for the very kind words, they mean a lot to me.

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