Monday, October 10, 2016

The Water Princess by Susan Verde - ADVISABLE

Verde, Susan  The Water Princess Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds PICTURE BOOK G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016.  $17.99  Content: G.  

Gie Gie believes herself to be the princess of her part of Africa, she claims the starry sky and dusty earth to be part of her kingdom.  She wishes that she could control the water and have it flow closer to where she lives, because she has to travel far and spend all day just to gather water for her family.  Gie Gie has friends that she plays with down at the river, but her and her mother have to work hard to transport it back to their home.  

This book is based on a true story of the difficulties some people have gathering water in Africa.  The illustrations are fantastic and although this is a hard task, the character is positive about gathering water for her family.  There is a two page spread at the end of the book that shows pictures of those people who travel far for their water and what the model Georgie Badiel is doing to raise awareness and money to help build safe and clean wells for remote villages in Africa.  

EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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