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Anna Carries Water
(illustrated by Laura James)

Fiction
Hardcover
9781896580609
Publisher: Tradewind Books, 2013
  • Winner of the Isabel Sissons Canadian Children's Story Award
  • Shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize 2014 (Young Reader's Literature)
  • Nominated for the 2014 Rainforest of Reading Award
  • Listed as "One of the Best Picture Books of 2014" - Kirkus Review
  • "100 Magnificent Children's Books 2014" ( Picture book ages 2-6), Schools Library Journal
  • On New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

Anna fetches water from the spring every day but she can't manage to carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters. Set in the Caribbean, this irresistibly rhythmic and poetic tale evokes the power of sheer will and the joy of mastery, as Anna overcomes her fear.
Sometimes when our children outgrow books, we give them away, but Anna Carries Water is a keeper, to be handed down through the generations.
ANN-MARGARET LIM IN THE JAMAICA OBSERVER

Beautifully illustrated, printed, and written, author Olive Senior and illustrator Laura James together have tapped into a story instantly understandable to a child from any culture in this wide world in which we live.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

New York artist Laura James's stunning illustrations, which include detailed backgrounds complete with vibrant birds, animals, and plants, capture the beauty and the colour of the Jamaican landscape, as well as the warmth of Anna's family.
QUILL & QUIRE

Each illustration is an acrylic painting, whose images are infused with intoxicating colors. All readers will be drawn into the world of Anna as she struggles to overcome her fear and reach her goal.
GOARTKIDS.COM