Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade deliver an important environmental plea through a gorgeous and empowering picture book that champions those who fight to protect Earth’s water.
For years, the Indigenous tribes people of America have talked about a black snake. A black snake that, when it arrives, will spoil the water, poisoning everything and bringing devastation and destruction. When what the people have feared for so long finally arrives, one young girl is determined to take action. The black snake must be kept out for water is a most precious gift that is worth fighting for…
Oh wow, what a beautiful, heart-felt and moving story of an all too real problem. Inspired by the many Indigenous people of America who have had to fight to stop oil pipelines invading their land, We Are Water Protectors delivers a passionate rallying cry to us all to stand up, to take action and to protect one of the world’s most precious resources.
Told in lyrical prose and with stunning artwork, it is a wonderful display of the the strength and courage of individuals and the power of community as we join a young girl who, along with a tightly-knit group, must fight the ‘black snake’ - the oil pipelines, that threatens to invade their land and that could destroy not only their water supply but the livelihoods of the animals and plants.
Thought-provoking and delivering a hugely important message, it is a great book for opening up conversations on our role as custodians of the planet and what we can do to protect it. Some fabulous additional content can be found after the story; a moving ‘Earth Steward and Water Protector Pledge’ asks the reader to show their commitment by signing and dating and a detailed author’s note provides a wealth of further information about the ongoing battles that Indigenous tribes people face from oil pipelines.
With its timely messages on conservation and activism, We Are Water Protectors will appeal to many young children who care about the planet and want to learn more about the challenges that others face. We can all be, and probably need to be, ‘water protectors’.
Recommended for 6+.