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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763636789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763636784
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the seating on the bus to the two water fountains, this book is a good look at the segregated South. Strickland's illustrations compliment the text beautifully with a commitment to detail. This is an excellent title to be used for African-American history month, Civil Rights curriculum, and as a read-aloud for younger students.
—Library Media Connection (highly recommended)

Michael's determination and imaginativeness are evident in Strickland'spale mixed-media paintings, which make excellent use of outlines to portray the boy's imaginings.
—Publishers Weekly

Inspirational in tone, this is a strong introduction for young listeners and readers to the American Civil Rights movement.
—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Michael S. Bandy caught the writing bug when his third-grade teacher surprised him with a set of Dr. Seuss books. He's been writing plays, screenplays, and books ever since. He lives in Los Angeles and is involved in a number of children's charities.

Eric Stein has written for the children's TV series Star Street and was a supervising producer on the animated special Defenders of Dynatron City. He is also on the dive team at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where he swims with sharks almost every weekend.



Shadra Strickland is the illustrator of BIRD, for which she won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the John Steptoe award, and OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR, for which she won the NAACP Image Award. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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I read this book to my five and seven year old boys.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Broderick on September 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fans of illustrator Shadra Strickland know that not only does she create wonderful pictures, but she associates herself with books of the highest quality. This one is no exception.

Authors Bandy and Stein created this story from one of Bandy's childhood memories of of being prohibited from drinking from a water fountain reserved for whites only. Set in the South in the early Sixties, "White Water" tells how a young black child, Michael, hates the taste of the water from the "colored" water fountain, and becomes obsessed with finding out what "white" water tastes like. One day he manages to sneak downtown to find out. As he partakes of the forbidden fruit, which tastes as bad as the water he is allowed to drink, a white woman sees him and yells, "Boy, you know you don't belong here!" Michael, startled and afraid, falls, but then has an epiphany:

"Lying on the ground, all I could see was the pipe. I'd never seen it from that angle before. The same pipe fed both fountains! Two fountains. Two signs. But the same water in both!"

Evaluation: "The Emperor's New Clothes" has nothing on this modern version of a web of lies spun to prop up an artificial system of power, presided over by those who don't want the truth to be known. It's really a terrific book, and the warm tones of the watercolor-and-ink illustrations add to its considerable appeal. The book is intended for readers from Kindergarten to Grade 3, but I highly recommend it for all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Michael's excitement to go into town with his grandma began to wither with the extreme summer heat. It withered a little more after having to go through the same routine of paying the bus driver at the front of the bus, getting off the bus, and getting back on the bus in the rear where blacks were supposed to sit given the laws of the time. In the meantime, Michael built up an extreme thirst, and he couldn't wait to get to the public drinking fountain for a long, cool drink.

Unfortunately Michael's water tasted pretty muddy and gritty after just a few sips, while the boy drinking from the water fountain for white people seemed to savor the pure, icy cold water. Perhaps the white boy had special white water? Michael just had to know what that white water tasted like, and he was determined to find out.

With its Southern small-town setting during the early 1960s, this picture book exposes young readers to the daily indignities that African Americans experienced as a result of the laws that institutionalized discrimination by race. Expressive illustrations add further vividness to this memorable story, based on a real event in the author's childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Michael is a young black boy who lives in a segregated world, one world for the white people and one for the colored. One day, when Michael is hot and thirsty, he takes a drink from the fountains for black people. The water tasted like "nasty, muddy, gritty yuck." He saw a white boy drinking from the white fountain and Michael began to imagine what the white water tasted like. He imagined white water was pure and cold. He could not get the idea that he must try the white water out of his head. Finally, he snuck over to the white fountain and took a sip. It tasted just like the colored water! Michael was caught drinking from the white fountain and he fell down. When he fell, he noticed that the same water pipe brought the same water to both fountains! An epiphany for him.

"The signs over the fountains had put a bad idea in my head. But they were a lie. If they weren't real, what else should I question? Maybe there were a lot of things---like that nasty old white water---that weren't true. That had nothing to do with nothing. Maybe everything I thought I couldn't do was just in my imagination, too. That's when I realized---I could do anything.

Now I knew. And from that day on, I wouldn't let anything stand in my way."
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