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category: Children's Fiction
published: Sep 2013
publisher: Tradewind Books

Anna Carries Water

by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James

tagged: caribbean & latin america, self-esteem & self-reliance, values & virtues

Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can't carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters. In this charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.

About the Authors

Olive Senior

Laura James

Contributor Notes

Olive Senior
grew up in Jamaica and was educated in Jamaica and Canada. She is the winner of many awards, including the Commonwealth Prize and the Institute of Jamaica's Gold Medal for her poetry. She lives in Toronto.

Laura James
is an award-winning artist and self-taught painter of Antiguan heritage. Working as a professional artist and illustrator for many years, she is best known for her illustrations for the Book of the Gospels: a lectionary, published by LTP Press. She was born in New York City, where she now lives.

Editorial Review

"This is a gentle story about growing up. Anna's goal is simple, but the text doesn't trivialize her frustration at not being able to carry water the "grown-up" way. Senior's use of repetition keeps the narrative bouncing along and, though the solution comes a bit suddenly, the ending will encourage young readers who are struggling with similar frustrations and fears. New York artist Laura James's stunning illustrations, which include detailed backgrounds complete with vibrant birds, animals, and plants, capture the beauty and colour of the Jamaican landscape, as well as the warmth of Anna's family. We see the climax of Anna's arrival home just as she does, with her whole family smiling in amazement and joyfully welcoming her. Anna's triumph will delight young readers."
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Anna Carries Water

This charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.

This book will help students learn about a part of the world very different from their own, where children of the world are given the responsibility of carrying water to their family homes. Each of the illustrations in this book tells a story, conveys emotions, and provides tools for understanding community and culture and relationships among family and neighbours. For character education, this is a story of perseverance, responsibility and teamwork.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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