Anna Carries Water

“A gentle story about growing up. Anna’s goal is simple, but the text doesn’t trivialize her frustration at not being able to carry water the ‘grown-up’ way ... James’s stunning illustrations ... capture the warmth of Anna’s family ... Anna’s triumph will delight young readers.” – Quill & Quire
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Description Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can’t carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters. In this charming and poetic family story, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.

“A gentle story about growing up. Anna’s goal is simple, but the text doesn’t trivialize her frustration at not being able to carry water the ‘grown-up’ way ... James’s stunning illustrations ... capture the warmth of Anna’s family ... Anna’s triumph will delight young readers.” – Quill & Quire

“Anna, the youngest sibling in a large family, desperately wants to keep up with her older siblings as they make the daily trek to carry water back from the spring to their home. Her brothers and sisters are all capable of carrying large containers of water on their heads, while she only has an empty coffee can and cannot balance it on her head. Staccato sentences punctuate the verse, highlighting the importance of water to everyday life: ‘Water for cooking and drinking./Water for washing dishes./Washing faces./Cleaning teeth.’ As Anna struggles to overcome her jealousy and unsubstantiated fear of the cows in the field, she is finally able to develop the inner strength needed.” – School Library Journal

Well written and beautifully illustrated, this book will have children wanting to read it over and over again.

Available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

978-1-4314-2704-8

Anna Dra Water 

Afrikaans

978-1-4314-2705-5

UKgolo Uthwele Amanzi 

IsiXhosa

978-1-4314-2706-2

U-Anathi Uthwala Amanzi

IsiZulu

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Jamaica and Canada. She is the winner of many awards, including the Commonwealth Prize and the Institute of Jamaica’s Gold Medal for her poetry. She lives in Toronto.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR 

Laura James is an award-winning artist and self-taught painter of Antiguan heritage. Working as a professional artist and illustrator for many years, she is best known for her illustrations for the Book of the Gospels: A lectionary, published by LTP Press. She was born in New York City, where she now lives.

ISBN 978-1-4314-2703-1
GENRE Children’s Books (Ages 4–7 years) 
FORMAT Paperback 
SIZE 274X240mm 
EXTENT 40pp
PRICE R130
RIGHTS Southern African Rights
RELEASE July 2018