FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
As soon as I saw this cover, on a blog of upcoming picture books, I knew that I would need to own this book. How precious is water? Just what does it mean to leave your village every morning in search of clean water? Inspired by the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel, The Water Princess takes readers on a journey for water, illuminating the experience – and the struggle – that people face every day. Georgie’s kingdom is “The African sky. The dusty earth.” She dreams of “flowing, cool, crystal-clear water” that is not found miles away but instead, in a well in her own village. This is a story of hope for clean drinking water for all children. Susan Verde’s powerful text and Peter Reynolds’ beautiful, full page illustrations bring this story to life and invite the readers to explore this topic, have important conversations, and look for ways to help make a difference in the lives of others. The author’s note at the end includes images of children carrying water on their heads and Georgie pumping water from a new well built through her foundation. You can find more information at www.ryanswell.ca and www.georgiebadielfoundation.org. I hope that this book will find its way into classrooms, libraries, and homes where young readers will be inspired to learn, discover, and make a change.