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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 40
Themes: Jamaica, chores, determination
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: 15/Feb/2014
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Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can't carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters can. In this charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fears.

Southern Maine Library District - June 18, 2015
"Brilliantly illustrated."
Reading Today Online - June 30, 2014
"Simple, yet heartwarming...A good book to introduce how children live across the world. It is also a great book to start the conversation about how children have overcome their own limitations successfully."
School Library Journal - May 1, 2014
"James's vibrant paintings will capture readers' eyes as they pore over minutiae, such as a fly on the kitchen table or brilliantly colored butterflies and birds in the fields. Little details...will enable children to realize those in other parts of the world aren't as dissimilar as they might believe."
School Library Journal blog - February 24, 2014
"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. Sibling jealousy, the desire to be more grown-up than you are, and a good old-fashioned ridiculous fear combine to make this one of the more charming books I’ve seen this year."
Resource Links - February 1, 2014
'The rhythmic and lyrical text and the brightly coloured and interesting illustrations will make this picture book a good choice for a read aloud."
Kirkus Reviews - January 1, 2014
[Starred review] "James, of Antiguan background, allows her bold acrylic paintings in tropical colors to sprawl across wide double-page spreads of lush Caribbean landscapes. The hummingbirds and butterflies add a bit of whimsy to Anna’s cover portrait...When water easily comes out of a faucet, young readers rarely think about the difficult chore of carrying water, but they will empathize with Anna’s desire to reach an important milestone."
Quill & Quire - December 1, 2013
"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 beauty and colour of the Jamaican landscape, as well as the warmth of Anna's family...Anna's triumph will delight young readers."


Kirkus Reviews Best Books list  | 2014 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended
Rainforest of Reading selection  | 2014 | Commended
New York Public Library Best Books list  | 2014 | Commended

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