The Water Princess

by Susan Verde illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
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Based on the true-life childhood of a supermodel, this moving story recounts a young girl's dreams to bring clean drinking water to her African village.

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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.

As a child in Burkina Faso, African-born model Georgie Badiel 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.

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    • Grades: K - 3
    • Ages: 5 - 8
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-18855-4