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We Are Water Protectors Hardcover – Picture Book, March 17, 2020
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Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption―a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.
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.
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"Powerful....Goade’s illustrations combine a mystical mood with the lovely fierceness of a child seeking justice." ―The New York Times
*"This book will both educate and inspire youth." ―School Library Journal
*"In this tribute to Native resilience, Indigenous author-and-illustrator team Lindstrom and Goade invite readers to stand up for environmental justice. An inspiring call to action for all who care about our interconnected planet."―starred review, Kirkus Reviews
*"Goade’s watercolor illustrations fill the spreads with streaming ribbons of water, cosmic backdrops, and lush natural landscapes.... Lindstrom’s spare, poetic text flows with the “river’s rhythm." 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." ―starred review, Booklist
*"Observation is not enough, the book communicates: action is necessary... A passionate call for environmental stewardship." ―starred review, Publishers Weekly
*"A gorgeous and empowering picture book with an urgent environmental plea." ―starred review, BookPage
"Flowing words by Carole Lindstrom and lush art by Michaela Goade appear in immaculate synchronicity on every page of We Are Water Protectors."―Shelf Awareness
"...beautifully composed." ―Horn Book
"This book celebrates indigenous-led movements to protect our planet's water. With gorgeous illustrations, it gives readers a sense of our connectivity." ―Romper.com
About the Author
Michaela Goade is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator (We Are Water Protectors) and graphic designer living and working in Juneau, Alaska, where she was also raised. Her childhood was spent in the forests and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska and her artistic style is rooted in the depth and beauty of its landscapes. Forever inspired by the coastal wilds of Southeast Alaska, she works to capture its magic and honor its vibrant cultures. Michaela is from the Raven moiety and Kiks.ádi Clan from Sitka, Alaska.
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated edition (March 17, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250203554
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250203557
- Reading age : 3 - 6 years
- Lexile measure : AD510L
- Grade level : Preschool - 1
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.11 x 0.43 x 10.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author and illustrator are members of indigenous tribes who know what it means to be one with the land and all its living creatures. They show how taking action and standing up for environmental justice is important and necessary. We need books like this now more than ever.
I enjoyed the story, it's just isn't complete to me. And I totally understand why, because the Water Protectors job isn't complete yet. But it still feels a little different to read a story with no ending to a child.
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My 5 years old son, commented " I hate this book" and I agree with him. Waist of money.
“ Native American Black Snake prophecy”
“There is an ancient Lakota prophecy about a black snake that would slither across the land, desecrating the sacred sites and poisoning the water before destroying the Earth. For many Indigenous people gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, that snake has a name — the Dakota Access pipeline”
I plan to use this book as a jumping off point to more discussions with my children about environmental issues, issues faced by indigenous peoples, access to clean drinking water and systemic racism.