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Water - Discovering the Precious Resource All Around Us

Water - Discovering the Precious Resource All Around Us

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A curiosity-sparking, non-fiction book about water in rainstorms, the Great Lakes, the drip from our taps, and other places in our world with beautiful art work that will bring you back again and again. 


Water is everywhere, and we rely on it every single day. But do you ever wonder about water? How much water is on our planet? What happens when there is too much water or too little water? Why does it rain? What are lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans? Why are the seas and oceans blue and salty? What lives underwater? What about water in human history--how did people get water in ancient times? How do we get water today? What do humans build to travel on the water, and how have we harnessed waterpower? How do we protect this amazing resource for the future?

Gorgeous and informative, Water invites children to tour through science and history with two characters they may recognize from Wind: Discovering Air in Motion. Colorful acrylic art and energetic text help readers learn about the natural resource we have depended on since the beginning of life itself.


Simpler, read-aloud text in picture book fashion next to beautiful illustrated spreads is accompanied by more facts and deeper explorations as sidebar text for older, independent readers. 


  • Water - Discovering the Precious Resource All Around Us
  • Written by Olga Fadeeva and illustrated by Lena Traer.
  • Published by Eerdmans Books for Younces Readers, April 09, 2024.
  • 0.41" H x 11.01" L x 8.58" W (1.03 lbs) 56 pages
  • Ages 8 to 14 years
  • Hardcover

Shipping, Returns & Order Cancellations

Processing orders usually occurs in 2 to 5 business days. Business days don’t include weekends or federal holidays. 

Processing can take longer, especially for special order items, musical instruments, lesson books, large art paper packs, bicycles and other specialty or large or bulk items or during peak/holiday shopping. 

Processing time doesn’t include shipping time. When given a shipping estimate at checkout, this is in addition to processing time.

Most items ship from Washington state. Some items may ship from the vendor on demand.

We work hard to stay within our estimate, but as a small family business rather than a large company, it is simply an estimate and not a guarantee.


Shipping at checkout is connected directly to USPS and UPS and includes their live rates and shipping times based on a combination of your products box dimensions, weight and how far your delivery address is from us. If your item ships via UPS Groundsaver, they deliver your package to the USPS in your zip code. USPS then completes the delivery.


Returns can be made for eligible items through the customer return portal within 30 days of the purchase date.

For health reasons we're not able to accept returns or exchanges for wind instruments, like recorders and flutes, or their accessories—such as oils, wax, tone blocks, swabs, leathers, bags and so on.

Some sales are considered final, such as high value items, musical instruments, liquids, pastes, certain baby/infant items, oral hygiene items, certain paper products and more; please see full return policy for more information.

Follow these links to read our full policy for returns, exchanges, refunds and shipping.

Return Policy

Shipping Policy


Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Alder & Alouette sells arts and crafts materials, as well as toys, games, and puzzles, in compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). 

CPSIA addresses, among other things, lead, phthalates, toy safety, third-party testing and certification, imports and You may view a pdf of the law here and learn more about the law here.

Our arts and crafts materials are additionally Art + Creative Materials Institute Certified (ACMI) + AP certified as nontoxic.

Conformitè Europëenne (CE)

Our products also meet the European Union's CE requirements. 

The Conformitè Europëenne (CE) Mark is defined as the European Union's (EU) mandatory conformity marking for regulating the goods sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. The CE marking represents a manufacturer's declaration that products comply with the EU's New Approach Directives. You can find out more about this requirement here. 

UKCA Marking

UKCA Marking – The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK conformity marking used for certain goods (including toys) being placed on the GB market, in place of the CE marking which is the conformity marking used in Northern Ireland and the European Union. You can read more about the UKCA marking here in sections 10 and 15.


USDA Organic

Some products are certified organic. If they are certified by the USDA, you can read more about that here.


GOTS Certified Organic

If they are Global Organic Textile Standard certified (GOTS), this is an International Standard and you can read more about GOTS here, as well as look up and confirm certification numbers for individual products.  

BIOLAND Standards

Many of our products are certified organic as part of the Bioland Standards. This is a German product only certification and includes some of the highest standards in the world. You can read more about the Bioland standards here

OEKO-TEX Standards

Products that are not necessarily organic may carry an OEKO-TEX or OEKO-TEX 100 safety certification as proof of non-toxicity. You may be more likely to see this in items that were dyed with non-plant dyes in order to verify that the dyes are nontoxic and free of or within a safe range of elements and other contaminants.

You may also see this on non-organic textiles to verify that the textile is free of or within a safe range of certain chemicals or elements. You can read more about OEKO-TEX standards here. You can verify if an OEKO-TEX label is valid or not here.


Q: The item I want to order is out of stock. How long will it take to be back in stock?

A: If you’d like to find out when something will be back, send an email to, and we’d be happy to look that up for you. In your email, include the item and any sizes or colors, if applicable. 


Q: May I pre-order an item that is out of stock?

A: Yes, you may (if it has a preorder button)! If there is no preorder button, send us an email at, and we can set up an order for you.


Pre-Order Policy
Purchase preorder items separately from in-stock items if you don’t want your items held waiting for the preorder to come in. If you purchase them together, they will ship together, in most cases. If you separate your orders, they will ship separately. 


Q: May I special order items?

A: If you’d like special quantities or colors, or if you don’t see what you want, contact us by email or text to see if we can find and order these items for you. We’re happy to help! or 360-358-3387


Q: Do you offer gift wrapping?

A: At this time, we don’t offer gift wrapping. 


Q: Do you sell gift cards or certificates?

A: We do! We sell physical and electronic gift cards. Once an electronic gift card is purchased, we send the gift card code through email to the email address you provided at checkout. You may then forward the code to whomever it is intended. Physical gift certificates purchased will be mailed to the shipping address provided. 


Q: Can a sale price be applied to an order placed before or after a sale?

A: Unfortunately, we can’t apply discounts to orders placed before a sale began or after a sale ended. 


Q: An item I wanted to buy sold out during a sale. Do you offer rainchecks for the sale price?

A: We don’t offer rainchecks, and sale prices are limited to items on hand during sale dates. 

Discounts and Promo Codes

Q: I found a discount code for your shop online but it doesn’t work. Why?

Only Promo Codes and Discount Codes sent through official Alder & Alouette communication channels are valid. Promo and discount codes found on other websites that we don’t own are not valid and were transmitted or created without our knowledge or permission. 

Canceling Orders

Q: May I cancel or change my order after it’s been placed?

A1. : Whether or not the cancellation is possible depends upon where your items are in the processing and shipping process.

If you placed an order and then changed your mind, please contact us in writing via e-mail as soon as possible You may also text us at 360-358-3387. We will see where your order is in the process and let you know if it’s possible or not.

A2: Cancellation if Your Order Hasn’t Shipped Yet

If your order has been processed, but not shipped, there may be a small restocking fee to cover the cost of packing your order and the card processing fees we cannot recover. If there is a fee, it’ll be deducted from your refund when we cancel and refund your order. Currently, this fee can be up to 3% of your purchase price. An example is a $10 purchase that is canceled may incur a fee between $0 up to 0.30 cents.

A3: Cancellation if Your Order Has Already Shipped

If the order has shipped, we’re unable to cancel the order as it’s already on its way. See the return policy after this point to find out more information about returns.


Sales Tax

Q: Do you charge sales tax?

A: Currently, we only charge sales tax in Washington State. If you’re in a state where we don’t charge sales tax, you’re required to keep up with that purchase total and report it to your state under their State Usage Tax system.  

Credit Card versus Debit Card

Q: Why do you recommend paying with a credit card instead of a debit card?

A: We recommend paying with a credit card instead of a debit card for a couple of reasons. Many credit cards offer extra insurance on products when purchased with a credit card. This is a nice, extra perk on your side in case the postal service or other delivery service loses or damages your package. We’re not responsible for loss or damage caused by the shipping service. 

In addition, because of internet fraud, some orders may be declined through our payment processor as a security feature to protect you based on certain filters, like address verification. If this happens and you used your debit card, your bank may put a hold on those funds until the transaction is no longer pending. This could take several days and during that time, those funds won’t be available to you. We don’t have control over this and unfortunately, can’t help you if this occurs. Using a credit card instead doesn’t impact your bank account if your card is declined for any reason.

This also applies to order cancellations and refunds. If you’re paying with a debit card or using something like PayPal or Venmo or other payment services connected to your bank account or a debit card, even though refunding or canceling your order is quick on our end, it must be referred back through card processors and the payment service before making it back to your bank account. This could take several days and during that time, those funds won’t be available to you. We don’t have control over this, and what we can do ends as soon as we hit the submit refund button. 


Q: Do you cover my package if it’s lost, mis-delivered or damaged during shipment?

A: The shipping services we use are separate companies from us, and we relinquish our responsibility to them once they pick up your package and leave our facility.  Therefore, we don’t cover your package if lost, mis-delivered or damaged during shipment by a shipping service; however, we do send your package with insurance against loss or shipper damage. Please use your tracking number provided to file a claim with USPS or UPS if they lose or damage your package during transit.  


Q: Do you ship Internationally?

A: Currently, we are only shipping to the United States.


Q: Do you offer free shipping discounts?

A: Occasionally we may offer free shipping. When we do, you usually need to meet a price point and that range is usually somewhere between $129 to $199.

The price point for free shipping is often lower for residents of Washington State and parts of Oregon simply because they’re so close to us resulting in much lower shipping cost overall. 

We also occasionally offer free local delivery within our “neighborhood” for purchases over a certain amount during certain times of the year, such as the holiday season. 


Q: What do you charge for shipping?

A: Our checkout is connected directly to USPS and UPS and so our shipping prices are determined by them. They base the shipping off a combination of factors, such as package dimensions, weight and the distance your package will travel. 


Q: How long does it take to receive my order?

A: There are two different times that affect this answer: Processing Time and Shipping Time.

Processing is usually between 2 to 5 business days, but can go out the same day as well depending upon how many orders are in front of yours. We process the orders in the order they come in regardless of size.

Shipping time is dependent upon USPS or UPS. Orders falling on Fridays, holidays and weekends can take longer to be picked up or head out.

UPS can be quicker than USPS during the week but much slower than USPS on the weekend (any UPS package ready on a Friday or Saturday or Sunday will not leave until Monday, for example, unless Monday is a holiday and then it may be Tuesday; whereas a USPS order ready on a Friday could go out that Saturday instead.)

Please see our shipping policy HERE for more information.

Q: Will I receive a tracking number?

A: Once a shipping label has been created, you’ll receive a tracking number, though it may be the next business day before your package is actually picked up. If you can’t find a tracking number email sent to you, check your spam or junk folder.  You can also log into the customer portal at any time to see the status of your package. 

Q: How do I return or exchange a product?

A: See our Refund & Exchange Policy HERE for requirements and which items do not qualify for an exchange or return.

NOTE: We reserve the right to change our policies as needed and without warning or notice to you, the customer. Information on this page is not a guarantee.

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Special Order items


If an item is marked as a Special Order item, that means we don’t keep it here due to a lack of space (think stacks and stacks of lesson books, multiple large harps or large Waldorf play stands) and we order these items on demand from our distributor here in the Pacific NW.

It takes about 3 business days to reach us once they ship it out and then we forward it on directly to you. They generally process the order for shipping in 1-3 business days (peak shopping times, such as ‘Back to School’ in August/September for school, craft or lesson book bulk packs, for example, can take longer.) They’re closed on weekends, holidays and for the last two weeks of December and the first two weeks of January so keep that in mind when ordering. 

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