White Water

White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the white’s only drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: drink from it.
— Description from White Water website

Written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein ; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

This beautifully illustrated story is about a colored boy who goes to town and wonders what the “white” water in the drinking fountain tastes like. He finds that the water is the same in both fountains. I really enjoyed this story about segregation and so did my third graders.

Review by Chalese Craig, South Kearns Elementary School
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

White Water – Official Website
Shadra Strickland – Official Website

White Water
Written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein ; Illustrated by Shadra Strickland
Candlewick Press
40 pages
Release Date: August 23, 2011
ISBN: 9780763636784 (hardcover)

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