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Beautiful illustrations depict the ugliness of a life where the fundamental right of access to fresh water is lacking. Every day in young GieGie’s life is shaped by the arduous trek to collect water. Song and dance help ease the burden but GieGie dreams of a time when cool, clean water readily flows into her village. This moving story reminds students that the lives of vulnerable children around the world can be transformed one well at a time.
This book supports Social Studies and Science outcomes examining children’s human rights, connections between healthy living and healthy environments and disease prevention. The story also establishes the background for a classroom action project where students raise awareness of the challenges faced by families who struggle to find a daily water supply. Students could explore the links between health, education and sustainable communities by organizing a school “Walk for Water” where a class collects sponsorship funds to build a community well in Africa.
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