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Water Witcher

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Water Witcher brings to life the experience of a family in drought-stricken rural Australia during the Depression era. Through the eyes of Dougie, the optimism of childhood shines through despite the tough work and harsh conditions. Jan Omerod's stunning, evocative illustrations make this a rich and resonating book.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Little Hare Books (first published 2007)
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Jack Kirby and the X-man
A book that you'll need to be careful of.

This book highlights the dry Australian continent very well - in fact many of the dry scenes look like the view out my window! Highlighting the difficulties many face in finding clean water, the need of potable water conservation and generally the importance of water in maintaining quality of life are important points that kids need to learn about.

On the other hand "water witching" is a con. Check out these sites for a scientific view on the validity of w
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Kevin
Aug 26, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it
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A book that captures time, place, and the timelessness of family. Dougie's family is beset by an Australian drought, and when he learns his grandfather was a water witcher (dowser), he has to give it a go. The illustrations' stark pen lines and unrelenting browns capture the land's dryness, broken only by sequences of dreams, imaginings, and house interiors. An enjoyable book, one that has special meaning for us as my wife is an Aussie (please pronounce it Ozzie, Yanks!) whose grandfather dowsed ...more
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
Set in the dry, dusty inland of Australia during the drought and difficulties of the depression. Dougie wants to help out on the farm, and help find some water. His grandfather had been a water witcher (water diviner) and Dougie wants to give it a go. A very muted palatte suitable for inland Australia gives it an evocative feel.
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Jul 31, 2012 Felicityw rated it really liked it
this is a very cute book on a boy who is a water witcher i reccomend it to ages 7-35 read this book on a boy who is a water witcher
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Jan Ormerod grew up in the small towns of Western Australia, with three older sisters, and as a child she drew constantly and compulsively. She went to art school and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. After completing her degree, Jan become an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Education, taught in secondary schools on enrichment programmes, and lectur ...more
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