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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how oil pipelines impact the natural resources and heritage of Indigenous populations.
We are all caretakers of the earth, and have a responsibility to protect and fight for what's right. There is power in unity.
Positive Role Models
Elders share importance of caring for community and protecting both ancestors and future generations.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Carole Lindstrom's We Are Water Protectors won the 2021 Caldecott Medal. Lindstrom is Anishinabe/Metis and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians. Her picture book is a powerful, uplifting call for environmental stewardship that protects both Native American and First Nation peoples' heritage and global health. It's gorgeously illustrated by Michaela Goade, who's from the Raven moiety and Kiks.ádi clan from Sitka, Alaska. Her images first focus on an Indigenous child's local community, and later include all skin tones: The water flows beyond their land, so the damage caused by the "black snake" of the oil pipeline threatens everyone. The child's anger about the threat to Indigenous land is softened for younger readers by the positive focus on community power and action. At the end of the book, there's a glossary, notes from the author and illustrator, and a Water Protector pledge.
Is It Any Good?
Simple, powerful words and vibrant images take urgency of the protest movements on Indigenous land across North America and pour that energy onto the pages of this beautiful, inspiring book. We Are Water Protectors reminds all communities that "we are stewards of the Earth," calling us to stand strong and protect it. The commanding language of advocacy is softened by the soft, flowing images and the blue, earthy colors. The author (a Native American from Nebraska who lives in Maryland) and illustrator (a Native American in Alaska) include notes to the reader, and the Water Protector pledge helps remind young readers that they have a role to play, too.
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