Not a Drop to Drink: Water for a Thirsty World provides a clear and concise knowledge base for children who
are interested in the environment and in how scientists learn about and assess our changing planet.
This book is part of the National Geographic Society's Investigative series, which is written specifically to
capture the interest of 9-12 year olds and to help cultivate their thirst for learning about scientific issues.
The other books in the series to date include:
Extreme Weather, Outbreak,
Medical Mysteries and
Written in a manner that challenges a child's vocabulary, it is also an easy enough read, with the scientific
terms we don't use in day to day language thoroughly explained, encouraging children to want to learn more.
The book is in full color with many breathtaking photographs and even a detailed map of North America's Watery
Backbone. Included is a timeline of water related milestones, as well as charts about water consumption.
An explanation of World Water Day, which the UN has sponsored every March 22nd since 1993, is provided, along with
details about water monitoring via satellites in space.
The author also provides details about the Autonomous Bethnic Explorer (ABE), an underwater robot currently
mapping the ocean floor.
The book is 64 pages long and provides an easy read for slightly older children, yet younger children may also
enjoy the book for the colorful photographs and charts. This book may pique a child's interest in science and
perhaps the child will then want other books in the series.
Recommended specifically for children 9-12 who are interested in science and nature.