The Water Princess

The Water Princess

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam

Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village

With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

Inspired by the childhood of African–born model Georgie Badiel, acclaimed author Susan Verde and award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have come together to tell this moving story. As a child in Burkina Faso, Georgie and the other girls in her village had to walk for miles each day to collect water. This vibrant, engaging picture book sheds light on this struggle that continues all over the world today, instilling hope for a future when all children will have access to clean drinking water.

Baker & Taylor
"The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village"--

& Taylor

Follows the experiences of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village as she rises early every morning and makes long journeys to the well with a heavy pot that she carries on her head.
A tale based on the supermodel's childhood follows the experiences of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village as she rises early every morning and makes long journeys to the well with a heavy pot that she carries on her head.

Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2016]
ISBN: 9780399172588
Branch Call Number: E VERDE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color photographs ; 25 x 26 cm
Notes: "Based on the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel."


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cmlibrary_rkimray Jul 05, 2018

This beautiful picture book, with layers of gorgeous color in the illustrations, lets readers experience the struggle of many in Africa to get clean water for their families. This read-aloud is perfect for experiencing other cultures or talking about natural resources. And don't skip the inspiring story of Georgie Badiel at the back of the book (the Read-Along copies include an interview on the CD).

PimaLib_TeneciaP Jan 27, 2018

Beautifully illustrated story about the daily walk Gie Gie and her maman make for water. What is important to pay attention to are the last two pages of the book where information is shared about the global water crisis (one out of every six people doesn't have access to clean water!) and ways you can help.

Aug 13, 2017

Good story and pictures.

magiimayy Jun 24, 2017

Such a beautiful story, art, and book.

forbesrachel Mar 15, 2017

In Africa, water is precious because it is scarce. In some villages there isn't even a well yet, so the women must go to collect some from the river every day. It is hard work, and the water itself isn't even clean. The Water Princess, a story based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel, brings this issue to the fore in a heartfelt way. In it, a young girl named Gie Gie imagines herself a princess who can control all around her, all except water, which refuses to listen. Her childlike games end when the day starts and she and her mother head off to collect water. Once they return home, they have to complete all the other chores. Despite the hardships we perceive they face, their lives are not only hardship; the little girl is still a child, she sings and dances and plays with her friends while she does this task. Verde's words endear us to this charming girl, and Reynold's impressionistic art immerses us in her world. Almost every page is covered in browns and yellows to the point where the sky almost melds into the ground. This gives us the feeling of how dry the land is, how persistent the sun is, how thirsty the people must be, and thus, why this daily trek to retrieve water is essential. At the conclusion of the story, is a page that explains a bit more about the real world situation of African people like this. It is well worth reading with a child, for it can lead to a discussion about how important access to clean water is, and how it influences poverty, health, and the rights and lives of women. The Water Princess is a beautifully told story that holds an important message within its pages


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