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. Volume XX Number 11. . . .November 15, 2013
Jamaican-Canadian author Olive Senior provides young readers with a delightful story set in Jamaica, the country of her birth. Unlike her older brothers and sisters, Anna cannot carry a container of water on her head when they fetch water from the spring after school each day. In spite of Anna’s determination, the small coffee can falls off each time she tries. Anna has another problem as well. As they walk to the spring, they must pass Mr. Johnson’s field where the cows graze, and Anna is afraid of the cows. Children will enjoy how an unexpected encounter with the cows helps Anna not only overcome her fear but also achieve her goal – carrying her container of water on her head.
The illustrations by award-winning artist Laura James will immediately capture the reader’s attention with the vibrant colours and the textural collage elements. The full-page illustrations provide the backdrop for the simple text. The frequent inclusion of short sentences and the use of repetition enable the emerging reader to read Anna Carries Water independently or with a little assistance. The story is also an excellent read-aloud.
Janice Foster, a former teacher and teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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