Good story and pictures.
Such a beautiful story, art, and book.
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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