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The Water Princess

The Water Princess

Book - 2016
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"The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2016]
ISBN: 9780399172588 (hardcover)
0399172580 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: E VERDE OUR WORLD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color photographs ; 25 x 26 cm


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"The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village"-- Provided by publisher. Ages 5-9.

Gie Gie feels like a princess. She can tame wild dogs and play with the wind but unfortunately she can not make the water closer to her home or cleaner. A book that can raises questions even with a younger audience.

The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village

Ages 5 and up.

The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village.

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DBRL_ChrissJ Jul 28, 2020

Not bound by heavy tulle, Princess Gie Gie tames wild dogs with song and makes the wind play hide and seek. Only the water refuses to obey her royal command.

CMLibrary_rkimray Jul 05, 2018

This beautiful picture book, with layers of gorgeous color in the illustrations, lets readers experience the struggle of many in Africa to get clean water for their families. This read-aloud is perfect for experiencing other cultures or talking about natural resources. And don't skip the inspiring story of Georgie Badiel at the back of the book (the Read-Along copies include an interview on the CD).

PimaLib_TeneciaP Jan 27, 2018

Beautifully illustrated story about the daily walk Gie Gie and her maman make for water. What is important to pay attention to are the last two pages of the book where information is shared about the global water crisis (one out of every six people doesn't have access to clean water!) and ways you can help.

Aug 13, 2017

Good story and pictures.

magiimayy Jun 24, 2017

Such a beautiful story, art, and book.

forbesrachel Mar 15, 2017

In Africa, water is precious because it is scarce. In some villages there isn't even a well yet, so the women must go to collect some from the river every day. It is hard work, and the water itself isn't even clean. The Water Princess, a story based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel, brings this issue to the fore in a heartfelt way. In it, a young girl named Gie Gie imagines herself a princess who can control all around her, all except water, which refuses to listen. Her childlike games end when the day starts and she and her mother head off to collect water. Once they return home, they have to complete all the other chores. Despite the hardships we perceive they face, their lives are not only hardship; the little girl is still a child, she sings and dances and plays with her friends while she does this task. Verde's words endear us to this charming girl, and Reynold's impressionistic art immerses us in her world. Almost every page is covered in browns and yellows to the point where the sky almost melds into the ground. This gives us the feeling of how dry the land is, how persistent the sun is, how thirsty the people must be, and thus, why this daily trek to retrieve water is essential. At the conclusion of the story, is a page that explains a bit more about the real world situation of African people like this. It is well worth reading with a child, for it can lead to a discussion about how important access to clean water is, and how it influences poverty, health, and the rights and lives of women. The Water Princess is a beautifully told story that holds an important message within its pages


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