We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
We Are Water Protectors
We Are Water Protectors
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We Are Water Protectors

Written by Carole Lindstrom & illustrated by Michaela Goade
Published by Roaring Brook Press
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This call to protect one of Earth’s most precious resources is a work of art.

Championing the importance of protecting water from pollution, We Are Water Protectors speaks from the perspective of a young Native American girl teaching readers what she has learned about the importance of water from her people and her culture—that it is medicine; it is alive; it has a memory; it gives life to plants, animals, and humans alike. Inspired by Standing Rock, the antagonist in the book is “the black snake” or oil pipeline. The author and illustrator notes at the back of the book are lengthy, but give additional context and engender additional appreciation for the work and its cause. The message that mankind is stewards of the Earth and responsible for those who cannot speak for themselves is told through lovely poetic text with beautiful connections to water throughout (e.g. “tears like waterfalls”), but where this book truly shines is its exquisite watercolor illustrations, with repeated use of water elements in the subject matter as well as the media. What could have become a run of the mill book with an agenda to be hammered home becomes a work of art under the hands of Goade, with tableaus that absolutely enchant—the little girl’s hair cascades from her head in swirls of streams, lily pads, fish and otters is particularly poignant and mesmerizing.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This book is all about protecting water. What are some ways you personally can help protect water and respect it? Read the author's note at the back of the book to learn more about some specifics related to her experience with water and her people's protection of it.
  • The little girl and her people feel passionately about protecting the water. What is a cause that you feel passionately about? How can you contribute to your own cause?


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Complete the quote: "We stand / With our songs / And our drums / _____"
  1. A
    We stand for water.
  2. B
    We are still here.
  3. C
    We drum for life.
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Book Details

Publication Date
March 17, 2020
Reading Age
3 - 6 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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