Water Voices

Water Voices
by Toby Speed
Illustrated by Julie Downing
G.P. Putnam’s, 1998
Ages 3-7

Small puzzle poems about sprinkler spray, mud puddles and other forms of water.


“These poetic riddles in lyrical language take a little girl from dawn to evening . . . . Delicate watercolors drench these seven watery puzzlers with a pleasing balance of word and picture followed by the solution depicted across the next double-page spread. The combination of adroit textual clues . . . and winsome visual allusions won’t do anything to dampen young imaginations.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Recommended)

“Every riddle is a satisfying mix of brainteaser and giveaway, abetted by Downing’s guileless watercolors.” Kirkus

“The poems . . . beautifully express the capricious nature of water.” Booklist