Title: Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World
Author: Beatrice Hollyer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Concepts: natural resources, economic development
Review: Water, the natural resource that sustains our lives, flows cleanly and plentifully in some countries while it comes dearly and at a high cost in others. Dahlys in the United States enjoys abundant tap water, but she still thinks carefully about ways to be less wasteful and how to keep local reservoirs clean. In Bangladesh, the village where Saran lives is surrounded by rivers that keep the land fertile, but the rainy season can bring dangerous floods.
Lucas from Peru and Barfimoh from Tajikistan both live in mountainous areas, which means their water supply come from springs and run-off from melting ice. In Africa’s drier countries, water is more scarce, so Khadija from Mauritania can only use water for her most basic needs, and Gamachu from Ethiopia often walks long hours in search of water sources for his family and their cattle.
The book’s profiles of these six children living across the globe demonstrates clearly the value of water, the work that goes into obtaining clean water, and the indispensable role that water plays in daily routines and even special occasions. With its striking photographs and informative text, this powerful book is sure to give each reader a strong nudge toward becoming more proactive in conserving water and keeping it clean.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children