Protect Freshwater to Save Life on Earth

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Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Otter-Barry Books

Age 6+

Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction

A ground-breaking global introduction to water that includes sharing and protecting freshwater worldwide

Water is life! Freshwater bubbles, flows and floods with the most wonderful life on Earth - and all of us rely on it to stay alive. BUT today, because of pollution and climate change, it is becoming more and more difficult for people and animals to find the clean freshwater they need to survive. It's time to act! Water tells the story of freshwater around the world. Discover the history of water, how the water cycle works, learn about the different kinds of water and about the amazing variety of wildlife that freshwater is home to. Then find out what happens to water because of climate change and global heating; the importance of clean water for health; the worldwide problem of water pollution and the devastating impact of water shortage on children's lives and education. Catherine Barr challenges us to take action, to use water wisely and protect freshwater to save our planet.


Catherine Barr is an author who likes to "spark conversation and curiosity". Her many books bear witness to her skill in presenting information to children. Her most recent book, Invisible Nature (with Anne Wilson) won the Teach Primary prize for non-fiction in 2020. Catherine read Ecology at university and has worked for Greenpeace and the Natural History Museum. She lives in Herefordshire, England.

Christiane Engel grew up in Germany and was always determined to become an artist. She has a BA in children's art and an MA in Children's Illustration. Working on information books, she seeks to present important topics to young children in an engaging, respectful way. She works with soft pencil, acrylics, watercolour and digital media. Her recent books include Dump Truck Disco and the ABC Books for Me series. Christiane lives in Kent, England.


With its subtitle Protect Freshwater to Save Life on Earth, the reader is challenged to become more aware of this precious, essential resource and to take action, to use water wisely and protect freshwater to save our planet. Like so many things, thinking locally and acting personally can have a huge impact globally if we all collaborate and co-operate.

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