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The Water Princess

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,362 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village

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 mornin
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Otis Chandler
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-my-kids
I happened upon this book the night after the Charity:Water annual gala. Charity:Water is an amazing organization that helps people exactly like the ones in this story.
This definitely is a good read a loud that teaches children about how the world doesn't necessarily have the same amount of clean drinking water for everyone. Some people have to walk miles everyday just to get clean drinking water. The artwork was amazing and I definitely want to learn more about the foundation that was discussed at the end.
La Coccinelle
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This would be an eye-opening book for a lot of kids. Imagine having to spend all day walking just to get clean water. You couldn't even go to school because of this! It's hard to believe that in the 21st century, almost a billion people still don't have access to clean water.

This book introduces this idea in an accessible way, with a sweet story about a little girl who goes with her mother each day to collect water. Gie Gie wishes the water were closer, but there's really nothing she can do abou
Sara Grochowski
Stunning. A great conversation starter about different life experiences & making a difference.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Looking forward to reading the author's notes in the finished copy. The artwork is stunning and the story is powerful.
In Africa, water is precious because it is scarce. In some villages there isn't even a well yet, so the women must go to collect some from the river every day. It is hard work, and the water itself isn't even clean. The Water Princess, a story based on the childhood experiences of Georgie Badiel, brings this issue to the fore in a heartfelt way. In it, a young girl named Gie Gie imagines herself a princess who can control all around her, all except water, which refuses to listen. Her childlike g ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not to be able to receive an education because you spend your day--every single day of your life--just trying to gather the neccesities to survive; it's unimaginable, but it's reality for so much of the world.

The Water Princess doesn't preach or beat the reader over the head; rather, it invites the reader to walk along the characters and visit Gie Gie and her family for just one day to experience what it is like to live without daily water accessible whenever we want. A very powerful message to
The Reading Countess
Short, yet powerful phrases tell the trials of how one out of six human beings (!) endure a lack of access to clean water. Women and girls are the usual servants to the daily treks miles away to and from water holes, thereby eliminating any possibility of schooling.

The voice in this is spot on. The illustrations are drawn by none other than Peter Reynolds. I plan on reading this aloud to kick off our annual Read to Feed.

Highly recommended
Chance Lee
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
A beautiful, important book about a young girl in Burkina Faso who must travel with her mother to get water. She wishes water would come easily -- as if you could open a tap in your own home -- but that's not the way it works for her village. She and her mother make the long hard trek to the well and back, stopping at the well to have a little fun and socialize.

The back of the book has information on the Georgie Badiel foundation. Badiel is a model and this story is based on her life. Her found
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, aoc
Princess Gie Gie is a goddess, yet try as she might, she can't bring water to her home. Instead, she has to wake up early with her mother to walk and gather water. I love this story! Gie Gie is a precocious and fun narrator, the illustrations are lovely, and it's a powerful story. Marian accidentally (well, not really accidentally) ripped several pages and I had to read this on my own. Her review will have to wait until she's older.
This is such a humbling, heart tugging book. The illustrations are beautiful and convey the setting wonderfully. Gie Gie is lovable and can inspire readers to help.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Water Princess is about a girl named Gie Gie and how she had to travel miles everyday just to have access to water. It described how she had to wake up, before the sun rose, walk over 4 miles to get water and then spend the rest of the day walking back. Gie Gie and her mom wouldn't return until sun down. Then they would clean the water in order to drink it, cook with it and clean their clothes with it. Then the process would happen again the next day.

This book is a wonderful depiction of a
Emma (Miss Print)
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting and eye opening but . . . not much in the way of a plot.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful story that will engage and educate all readers about the true value of water.
Niki Marion
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fabulous conversation starter for all of us who take our plumbing and access to water for granted.

In related news, where is my picturebook about Flint, Michigan?
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is based on the childhood of the high-fashion model Georgie Badiel, “Gie Gie,” who was born in Burkina Faso.

As a young girl, Gie Gie, along with the other girls and women of her grandmother’s village, walked every single day for miles to fill up pots with water, which they carried back home on their heads. No matter how hard she wished, she couldn't change that reality.

The next morning, they had to start out again. But Gie Gie’s mother tells her when she goes to sleep at night, she sh
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The Water Princess is an info-text that takes you through the struggles of getting clean water. Susan Verde tells a story about a young girl referred too as Princess Gie Gie's who can not, no matter how hard she tries, can not have clean drinking water in her home. This makes it so she has to walk all day with her mom to get clean water for her family. This book is really eye opening and is a must read for everyone, to see how Princess Gie Gie gets the clean water and what she does with it, you ...more
Brittany Reese
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This book best fits the genre of Informational text. It is appropriate for grades k-5, and is very informative for all ages. The book depicts the struggle that billions of people around the world face every day--the lack of access to clean water. The issue is twofold because even if people get to a water source, the water may be dirty or contaminated.

I really loved this book because it allows readers to consider, particularly those fortunate enough to live in developed areas, how easy it is to
Kelsey Brice
Apr 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: wow-books
The Water Princess is an informational text that shares Georgie Badiel struggle to have clean water everyday. We learn about her frustration of her and others for the long walk they have to take every morning to obtain clean drinking water. I would use this book in any 3rd,4th, or 5th grade classroom. I would use this book when describing how fortunate we are to have clean accessible drinking water. It is important for our students to know where our water comes from and why it's so important to ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-award
What are the ways that you use water? [allow time for the listening of ways to use water, like to bath or cook or drink] Doesn’t it feel good to have a nice cool glass of water on a hot day? Or to have a warm shower on a cool day? Water is important to everyone’s lives. However, there are places around the world where people must walk miles to get water. One of those places is Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. This is the place that the story of The Water Princess takes place.
(Invite pers
Dani Kraft
The Water Princess:
Text to Self

This book quickly reminds me of my high school mission project. In high school, we raised money for one week every year, for a school in Sudan. We had many talks about how important a girl’s education is, but something that came shocking to me was water. I was not aware how many people had to walk to get their water each day. Just like the Water Princess and her Mom do each day. We were talked to by a nun who visited similar living conditions as the people in the s
Mary Vondra
Opening Moves
*Draw attention to the illustrator’s craft
*Lay the groundwork for understanding of diverse setting and people

*Draw attention to the illustrator’s craft
Ask students/patrons if they know what an illustrator is? Discuss authors and illustrators highlighting that sometimes the author is the illustrator and sometimes the illustrator is another person who works together with the author as partners. The illustrator draws the pictures to bring the author’s words to life. Then discuss the au
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Showcasing the need for healthy and accessible water on all parts of the globe, a model turned advocate and writer writes the stories based on her own childhood experience walking miles each day with her mother to the fountain for water to use in their daily life.

Not only does it demonstrate to a first-world child their ease in getting their own water while others struggle, but the closeness of family and how it wasn't a burden, it was their life, their experience, and their world- nothing bett
I loved this picture book! Not only is it based on the real-life experiences of a person, but it is beautifully illustrated. Whoever decided to entice readers with that gorgeous teal color on the cover and then withhold it for the entire book (as water is scarce/clay-colored when it is found) is a GENIUS! I waited for that color on every. single. page. Berry even was interested enough for me to read it a second time, which is unusual. A wonderful look into a very different life than our own.
Audrey Smith
If you enjoyed Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, you will love The Water Princess. I am currently reading A Long Walk to Water to my fourth graders, and stumbled on Verde's picture book at the book fair. The illustrations and relatable main character, Princess Gie Gie, illuminated what life is like for the one billion people around the world without access to clean water. I highly recommend using this text to create background knowledge for students and increase their understand of differen ...more
Joana Catarina
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, 2018
"Why is the water so far? Why is the water not clear? Where is our water?"
Anna Spears
"Students. I want you to think for a minute about how many times you use water every day." (give some think time). "every time you get a drink, the food that has been cooked for you used water, your shower or bath, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and more. For us, getting water is as easy as turning on a faucet; we don't even think about it. That isn't what life is like for millions of people in the world. We are going to read the story The Water Princess. This is the story of a girl wh ...more
Jessica Howard
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: state-award
Last week we read a silly fantasy story, but this week, I would like to be serious. One of our favorite authors, Peter Reynolds, who we know also as an illustrator, was the illustrator in this book, The Water Princess. What are some of the things we use water for in our daily lives? (discuss examples) Show students the author's note on the water project. Sometimes we take things for granted that other people have to often live without. After we read this story today, I would like to propose the ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
4.5 / 5

Gorgeous illustrations and a great/non-preachy way of informing about the issue that not everyone in the world has access to clean drinking water close to home.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, woke
My daughter is obsessed with princesses, so I was excited that she liked a different take on princesses. She was even interested to hear some of the explanatory information at the back.
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