Free ead ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ô Michael S. BandyI grabbed this at the library frankly because I saw a brown Kid On The Front on the front I make a point to make sure the books we bring home feature children with diverse skin colors or from different countries and cultures I didn t screen it I did not know the content and inadvertently created a dialog with my kids about segregation They
Knew About Ruby Bridgesabout Ruby Bridges knew about slavery and a little bit about Civil Rights but the extent to which the idiocy infiltrated every little aspect of human dignity ight down to where one could drink water was a new conceptIt s hard to talk about these issues and this ugly past of America with children and I was grateful the book brought this topic to our week We ended up watching some videos online and turning it into a history lesson for schoolBeautiful pictures inspires good conversation Please don t save this book for Black History month as one eviewer suggested Anytime is a good time for a book like this 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 eal what else should I uestion 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 ealized I could do anything Now I knew And from that day on I wouldn t let anyth. For a young boy growing up in the segregated south a town drinking fountain becomes the source of an epiphanyIt's a scorching hot day and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael's favorite things When the bus pulls up they climb in and pay their fare get out walk to the back door and climb in. ,
Ing stand in my way White Water made its debut in 2011 and it is inspired by a true storythe story of Michael S Bandyone of the co authors of this book It took several years for White Water to become a children s book and the story that inspired this
children s book has become a made fors book has become a made for movie that will premiere on TV OneWhite Water tells the story of a young Michael excited to take a trip into town with his grandmother What makes this children s story uniue is that it is set during a time of segregation where black and whites had to use separate facilitiesOn this particular day a white boy drinking water from a white only water fountain piued the interest of an ambitious Michael and sparked a curiosity that Only White Water Could Cure Or At white water could cure Or at that is what Michael believes Michael began to fantasize about what the water from a white only fountain must taste likehence the story of White Water was bornHowever this story is than Michael getting a taste of water from a white only fountain this story is about segregation through the eyes of a child I think this book can serve as an amazing tool to teach young children about a time in our American History where euality was not so eualI think the Authors Michael S Bandy and Eric Stein did an excellent job telling this story in the form of a children s book The illustrator Shadra Strickland did an excellent job with her illustrationsmaking this book a keepsake that you would want to past on from generation to generation This is no doubt a phenomenal bookA book that I think that every child should have an opportunity to ead at least onceAnd for those of you who haven t had the pleasure of seeing the White Water movie trailer here s a link that gives you a preview of White Water the movie can also find my Book Review for White Water on the YouTube Video is written as it appears on The
Book Blog And Etc MichaelBlog and Etc Michael nothing than to taste the water from the white water fountain in town He becomes obsessed with idea imagining that it s pure and clear Finally he comes up with a plan to go to town to try the water for himself He discovers that the Again By the time they arrive in town Michael's throat is as dry as a bone so he uns to the water fountain But after a few sips the warm usty water tastes bad Why is the kid at the Whites Only fountain still drinking Is his water clear and efreshingly cool No matter how much trouble Michael migh.
Ater is exactly the same warm muddy and gross He ealizes that he can do anything a leap that I m not sure that young students will eally uite understand The strength of this book is that it illustrates
Come Jim Crow Laws InJim Crow laws in South This book would be a nice complement to Calvin Alexander Ramsey s Ruth and the Green BookRecommended for grades 2 and 3 Younger students will understand the parts about segregation older students can discuss what Michael learns about being treated unfairly 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 efreshing 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 oom 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 earth tones I love Strickland s commitment 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. T get into he's determined to find out for himself Based on a transformative experience co author Michael Bandy had as a boy this compelling story sheds light on the eality of segregation through a child's eyes while showing the powerful awareness that comes from daring to uestion the way things ar. ,
Michael S. Bandy