Serafina walks a mile every day to get water from a stream to bring to her family and helps out bundling herbs to sell in the market. But she longs to go to school, and after her baby brother dies, promises herself she will learn to be a doctor. After working hard to raise the cost of a school uniform, she gets to school, only to have the earthquake in her Haitian village create problems she may not be able to overcome. But with determination and a sunny positive outlook and the help of a local doctor, Serafina may yet fulfill her promise! While readers (grade 3-5) will learn about the land, songs, and colorful customs of Haiti, they will also appreciate the water that comes from their own faucet and the school they attend daily (when it is not too cold!).
As explained in this very special book of water stories from around the world, there are so many stories about water because "water is vital to human survival. Human beings store, transport, purify, use and control water in many ways." It is also "a destructive force during floods or tsunamis, and its absence causes droughts and plagues." These stories from India, America, Botswana, Spain, India, Nigeria, Australia, China and Greece can be read individually or together and each brings a creative and unique twist on the answer to our search for and need for water. Includes water facts and a world timeline. Watch the slideshow below for more:
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.