After visiting the African Art exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, I decided to purchase books from the kid’s recommended reading list. After reading excerpts of each book (yes I’m that mom), I narrowed it down to a few books to add to our home library. We wanted books that sparked family discussion and taught a valuable lesson.
This story is based on the childhood of African born Georgie Badiel. Princess Gi Gi is a tall slim African girl with shoulder length braids, a smaller identical image of her mother. Drinking water is scarce in the village and a journey from dawn until dusk is mandatory to bring back water to the village. She commands the water to come! But will it?
The books story line is an easy to follow for young readers. It inspired discussion about gratefulness, compassion and thankfulness.
Why should we care about others?
What if we had to walk miles to get water? How does that make you feel?
“Every sip fills me with energy. I want to make it last, but I can’t. I gulp it down.” The author did a great job describing the need for water in our everyday life which led to a family discussion about why having clean drinking water is a blessing. The illustrations were relatable to the text on each page and I believe the book meets its goal by explaining the importance of drinking water for everyone in the world. Artist girl was saddened of just the thought of kids not having clean drinking water as reflected in her rating. But it is important for children to know how kids live in other parts of the country and how blessed we really are.
Dad: 5 out of 5 stars
Mom: 4 out of 5 stars
Cool Guy age 9: 4 out of 5 stars
Artist Girl age 7: 3 out of 5 stars
Bonus! Free download of activities for parents, teachers and educators.
What books do you read with your family that inspires compassion?