The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation

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Anne Schwartz Books
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8.6 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
ALICE McGINTY is the award-winning author of over forty books for children, including A Story for Small Bear, as well as The Girl Who Named Pluto, which was called "inspiring" in a Kirkus starred review. She also wrote Darwin, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and one of Booklist's Top 10 Biographies for Youth, which received three starred reviews. Her picture book, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons, was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book. She also runs a writing camp for kids, Words on Fire. Visit her on the web at or follow her on Twitter @AliceBMcGinty.

Shonto Begay is the illustrator of several picture books, including The Mud Pony, The Magic of Spider Woman, and The Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn. He is the the fifth child of sixteen born to a Navajo medicine man. Shonto attended federal boarding schools all over the Navajo Indian Reservation in his elementary school years. Later, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and received his Associate of Fine Arts degree, and later earned a degree from the California College of Arts & Crafts. He resides in Arizona.
Praise for The Water Lady:

"This quiet yet touching story will open young readers' eyes in a multitude of ways." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"McGinty's storytelling, peppered with Navajo phrases and cultural cues, provides a balanced view of this life and through Cody's perspective, just enough suspense." --School Library Journal, starred review

"[An] illuminating story about a contemporary child's experience with water insecurity, set in the Navajo Nation." --The Horn Book

"Navajo artist Begay's vibrant ink and watercolor art brings a stirring emotional undercurrent to this community-oriented narrative." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Alice McGinty's The Girl Who Named Pluto:

"An inspiring and beautifully illustrated tale made all the better by its historical foundation." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review