SUMMARY Ý White Water

CHARACTERS White Water

SUMMARY Ý White Water Ï For a young boy growing up in the segregated south a town drinking fountain becomes the source of an epiphanyIt's a scorching hot day and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael's favorite things When the bus pulls up they climb in and pay their fare get out walk to the back door and climb in again By the time they arrive in towT get into he's determined to find out for himself Based on a transformative experience co author Michael Bandy had as a boy this compelling story sheds light on the reality of segregation through a child's eyes while showing the powerful awareness that comes from daring to uestion the way things ar. On a very hot day Michael takes the bus to town with his Grandma Halfway there all Michael can think about is getting a cool drink from the water fountain He only takes a few sips of the nasty tasting water Next to Micheal is a boy his age taking a nice long drink from the Whites only fountain Now Micheal wants to see for himself how refreshing and cool the White water taste I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed White Water Many times historical picture books are so focused on teaching there's little room for anything else White Water is the best of both worlds From the seating on the bus to the two water fountains its a good look at the segregated South With Micheal's imagination from his army men who cover him to daydreaming in class the story is also fun After that I couldn't concentrate anywhere not even at school One moment I would be in class then suddenly I'd be crawling on my hands and knees in the hot desert Out of nowhere there was a palm tree with a water fountain under it Above the fountain was a whites only sign I got up opened my mouth and was about to take a drink when Michael Michael the teacher said would you care to join us today I snapped out of it All the kids were laughing at me Strickland's wonderful illustrations compliment the text beautifully The spreads are open with very nice muted earth tones I love Strickland's commitment to detail from the water drops to Micheal's faithful dog The illustrations confirm that this is a story about a boy who went on a dangerous adventure and learned a valuable lesson in the process Textually and visually White Water simply came together very well

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For a young boy growing up in the segregated south a town drinking fountain becomes the source of an epiphanyIt's a scorching hot day and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael's favorite things When the bus pulls up they climb in and pay their fare get out walk to the back door and climb in. I grabbed this at the library frankly because I saw a brown kid on the front and I make a point to make sure the books we bring home feature children with diverse skin colors or from different countries and cultures I didn't screen it I did not know the content and inadvertently created a dialog with my kids about segregation They knew about Ruby Bridges they knew about slavery and a little bit about Civil Rights but the extent to which the idiocy infiltrated every little aspect of human dignity right down to where one could drink water was a new conceptIt's hard to talk about these issues and this ugly past of America with children and I was grateful the book brought this topic to our week We ended up watching some videos online and turning it into a history lesson for schoolBeautiful pictures inspires good conversation Please don't save this book for Black History month as one reviewer suggested Anytime is a good time for a book like this

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White WaterAgain By the time they arrive in town Michael's throat is as dry as a bone so he runs to the water fountain But after a few sips the warm rusty water tastes bad Why is the kid at the Whites Only fountain still drinking Is his water clear and refreshingly cool No matter how much trouble Michael migh. When Michael goes to town with his grandmother in the segregated South of 1962 he notices the way he and the other African Americans must pay their bus fares and then enter from the rear Once he arrives in town he is thirsty and grateful to drink from the water fountain even though there are separate fountains for blacks and whites To his surprise the water is gritty and doesn't taste good at all Once he returns home he begins thinking that the fountain for whites must taste much better and slips off by himself to taste the water Much to his surprise it tastes the same way the other fountain did and once is frightened away from the fountain he realizes that the water flowing into both fountains is exactly the same despite what the signs may seem to indicate The ink and watercolor illustrations capture that particular time period the town and Michael's home vividly Pair this one with another examination of the separation of whites and blacks during that time period Matt Faulkner's A Taste of Colored Water Although similar stories have been told before both books provide excellent starting places for conversations about prejudice tolerance and social justice