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We Are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors

Book - 2020
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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
Publisher: New York, NY : Roaring Brook Press, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250203557
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Goade, Michaela - Illustrator


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TK-Gr 3 Native picture book won 2021 Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book for children). Congratulations to Carole Lindstrom who is the first BIPOC woman and first Indigenous illustrator to win the award!

Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book for children

K-Gr 3 –With the line “We are still here,” readers are firmly reminded that Indigenous people are centered in the present. Water-hued, captivating colors and a lyrical, resounding text guarantee this title a spot on every shelf.

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IndyPL_MollieB May 07, 2021

"In Ojibwe culture, women are the protectors of the water and men are the protectors of the fire. Perhaps it is for that reason that I felt compelled to speak for the water through this story. Humans have been mistreating Mother Eart for millennia, and Indigenous Peoples have long acted as stewards of the planet, giving a voice to our silent home."

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May 01, 2021

Years ago, the Anishinaabe foretold that a black snake would come to earth to destroy life and beauty. It is here. Oil pipelines slither through rivers and pollute the water that nurtures the people and wildlife. This book illustrates the ways that Indigenous peoples have always fought and still fight for Mother Earth. It pleads for all of us to join them in hopes of protecting our sacred home.

Apr 23, 2021

Powerful environmental story, beautifully illustrated.

KCLS_RobinH Apr 20, 2021

Luminous illustrations and spare text from two Native authors encourage environmental activism. Perfect to introduce shared natural resources when such things as oil pipelines threaten water and habitat.

LPL_ShirleyB Mar 23, 2021

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal and richly inspiring to everyone from age 3 to adults. This book is a great introduction to environmental injustices endured by all people with connections to Standing Rock and many more far beyond the Dakota Access Pipeline challenges. Beautifully & powerfully written by an Anishinaabe/Métis author enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe and gorgeously illustrated by an artist of Tlingit heritage enrolled with the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska!

LPL_MaryW Mar 07, 2021

Told in the form of a parable, We Are Water Protectors is a story of Indigenous Peoples protecting Mother Earth from a poisonous black snake which represents the oil pipelines that threaten to invade their sacred land, contaminate their water, and harm the animals that live there, too. The gorgeous illustrations allude to many facets of Ojibwe culture, and the story is rich with traditional teachings, symbols, and language. This award-winning and awe-inspiring book will inspire future generations of water protectors, no matter where they come from.

PimaLib_AnnieW Feb 02, 2021

I was THRILLED to see such an important book win the Caldecott. Outstanding.

IndyPL_RachelJ Dec 18, 2020

Really beautiful illustrations that are done thoughtfully with attention to Ojibwe culture.

Nov 06, 2020

This book is a top choice for 2020 according to Publishers Weekly.


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Mar 29, 2021

Doherty1988 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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