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We are water protectors / written by Carole Lindstrom ; illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Lindstrom, Carole, 1964- (author.). Goade, Michaela, (illustrator.).

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  • 43 of 88 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Putnam Public Library.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Putnam Public Library j LINDSTROM (Text to phone) 33610148404814 Nutmeg Award On holds shelf -

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Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.
Awards Note:
Caldecott Medal, 2021.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Elementary, 2022.
Subject: Water conservation > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781250203557
We Are Water Protectors
We Are Water Protectors
by Lindstrom, Carole; Goade, Michaela (Illustrator)
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We Are Water Protectors

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An Indigenous girl explains why water is sacred, before she speaks of the foretold black snake that will destroy the land, referring to the polluting oil pipelines that course through the earth. The girl then casts fear aside, crying, Take courage! as she marches forward, rallying her people to defend their village and their planet. Goade's watercolor illustrations fill the spreads with streaming ribbons of water, cosmic backdrops, and lush natural landscapes, sometimes intercut by the harsh red that comes with the black snake depicted literally, towering over people of many nations, who link hands in solidarity. Lindstrom's spare, poetic text flows with the river's rhythm, periodically stopping to beat out the refrain, We stand / With our songs / And our drums. / We are still here. Written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, famously protested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others, these pages carry grief, but it is overshadowed by hope in what is an unapologetic call to action. While the text draws on specific cultural beliefs, its argument is universal: We are stewards of the Earth. Back matter includes notes from both author and illustrator, and the final page offers a pledge that readers may choose to recite, sign, and date to affirm their commitment to the cause. A beautiful tribute and powerful manifesto.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2020 Booklist

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We Are Water Protectors
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Metis/Ojibwe author Lindstrom (Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle) honors those who fight to protect the Earth's fresh water. The words are spoken by a child who's shown first with her grandmother: "Water is the first medicine.... Water is sacred," the white-haired woman tells her. Bold strokes of light, limpid color wash across layered spreads by Tlingit and Haida artist Goade (Encounter). The girl tells of the arrival of an oil pipeline, the "black snake" that will "spoil the water./ Poison plants and animals./ Wreck everything in its path." The half-bleached figures of a bird and a fish lie next to the pipeline leaking black sludge. "The plants, trees, rivers, lakes..."--Goade pulls back to view the Earth from space studded with stars--"We are all related." Observation is not enough, the book communicates: action is necessary. And the girl doesn't just participate in protest; she stands at the front, carrying a feather in one hand, as other protestors answer her call. "We are water protectors. WE STAND!" An author's note traces the story's genesis to the 2016 Standing Rock protests in the Dakotas. A passionate call for environmental stewardship. Ages 3--6. Author's agent: Kathleen Rushall, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (Mar.)

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781250203557
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We Are Water Protectors
by Lindstrom, Carole; Goade, Michaela (Illustrator)
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K-Gr 3--From swirling, detailed watercolor illustrations to lyrical text with the refrain, "We stand with our songs and our drums. We are still here," this title explores the Indigenous fight to protect water from pollution. A young Anishinaabe girl explains the prophecy of the black snake "that will destroy the land. Spoil the water. Poison plants and animals. Wreck everything in its path." The unnamed girl calls for action to protect all living things and "fight for those who cannot fight for themselves." The illustrations use rich colors and shading to show the intricate connection among all living creatures. A broken pipeline leaks into blue waters, turning fish and fowl into skeletons. Ghosts of ancestors surround children as an elder tells them the black snake prophecy. Black pipelines form the body of the snake on a red background, its mouth open and ready to strike. The author and illustrator notes focus on the need to protect water, and explain events at Standing Rock, where tribal members and their allies fought against an oil pipeline. A glossary of terms is provided, and the last page has an "Earth Steward and Water Protector Pledge" for readers to sign. VERDICT An accessible introduction to environmental issues combined with beautiful illustrations, this book will both educate and inspire youth. First purchase for all libraries.--Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA


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