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The Water Walker / written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson.

By: Robertson, Joanne, 1960- [author,, illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1772600385; 9781772600384.Subject(s): Traditional ecological knowledge -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Juvenile literature | Human ecology -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Juvenile literature | Water conservation -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Juvenile literature | Environmental protection -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Juvenile literature | Ojibwa Indians -- Science -- Canada -- Juvenile literature | Traditional ecological knowledge | Human ecology | Water conservation | Environmental protection | Ojibwa Indians | Native peoples -- Ecology -- Canada -- Juvenile literature | Savoirs écologiques traditionnels -- Grands Lacs, Région des (Amérique du Nord) -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Écologie humaine -- Grands Lacs, Région des (Amérique du Nord) -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Autochtones -- Écologie -- Canada -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Eau -- Conservation -- Grands Lacs, Région des (Amérique du Nord) -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Environnement -- Protection -- Grands Lacs, Région des (Amérique du Nord) -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- People & Places -- United States -- Native American | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Science & Nature -- Environmental Conservation & Protection | Indigenous peoples in Canada | First Nations -- Activism -- Children's books | Ojibwa -- Juvenile literature | First Nations -- Water rights -- Children's books | Ojibwa -- Knowledge, traditional -- Environment -- Juvenile literature | Environmental protection | Human ecology | Traditional ecological knowledge | Water conservation | Great Lakes Region (North America) | Canada | Canada | Great Lakes RegionGenre/Form: Juvenile works. | Picture books. | Picture books.DDC classification: j304.209713 | 304.209713 LOC classification: E78.G7 | R63 2017Other classification: cci1icc | coll13 Summary: "This is the story of a determined Ojibwe Grandmother (Nokomis) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (Water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all of the Great Lakes from the four salt waters - or oceans - all the way to Lake Superior. The water walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine inspires and challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water and our planet for all generations. Her story is a wonderful way to talk with children about the efforts that the Ojibwe and many other Indigenous peoples give to the protection of water - the giver of life."--
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"This is the story of a determined Ojibwe Grandmother (Nokomis) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (Water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all of the Great Lakes from the four salt waters - or oceans - all the way to Lake Superior. The water walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine inspires and challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water and our planet for all generations. Her story is a wonderful way to talk with children about the efforts that the Ojibwe and many other Indigenous peoples give to the protection of water - the giver of life."--

Text chiefly in English. Includes some words in Ojibwe.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Nokomis Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe grandmother) started walking in 2003 to draw attention to issues of water quality and scarcity. Not just a mile or two-no, Josephine and the Mother Earth Water Walkers circumnavigated the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and traversed the United States, from ocean to ocean. With a copper pail of water and an eagle-head staff in hand, Josephine and the Mother Earth Water Walkers continue their tradition each year. Conservation, spirituality, and determination are the warp and weft of the story as author/illustrator Robertson (also an Anishinaabekwe) shares Nokomis's deep commitment to water. Robertson's naive-folk art mash-up, however, lacks the same strength as her narrative. Wobbly lines give the book a homespun, unfinished quality. Several spreads, including one of the Water Walkers weeping as they pour water from their pail into Lake Superior, deserve a long look, but inconsistencies should give a purchaser pause. The mostly mouthless and noseless characters in the second half of the book convey solemnity, but other emotions are hard to decipher. Problems with scale abound, and text written in two different hands distracts. A glossary of Ojibwe terms is appended. VERDICT A worthwhile read about a First Nation grandmother and her committment to one of our most important resources, but lacking in the quality of the illustrations.-Kristy Kilfoyle, Canterbury School, Fort Myers, FL © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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