Reviewed by Lara Saguisag
“Water is alive. / Water remembers our ancestors / Who came before us, she said.”
This Caldecott award winner highlights water not just an important natural resource but as a sacred, living element that sustains and binds all together plants, animals, and humans. When the construction of an oil pipeline —depicted as a monstrous black snake —threatens to “spoil the water” and harm the plants, animals, and humans who depend on the water, a Native girl commits to becoming Earth’s steward, rallying and joining others to defeat the black snake. Continue reading.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Published by Roaring Brook Press on March 17, 2020
Genres: Activism, American Indians First Nations Metis Inuit, Environment
Reading Level: Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: Climate Lit
Publisher's Synopsis: 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.