November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pick of the Day: White Water (DVD)

Cover image White Water DVDWhite Water. DVD. 9 min. with tchr’s. guide. Nutmeg Media. 2012. ISBN 1-933938-88-9. $49.95.
K-Gr 3–A young African American boy notices the inequities inherent in segregation in this story (Candlewick, 2012) by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. He is especially struck by the drinking fountains—one for whites only, one for coloreds only. Tony Fragale gives voice to this first-person narrative as the boy becomes increasingly focused on what the “white water” must taste like. He finally devises a plan to find out, only to discover that both fountains are fed by the same pipe. This realization inspires him to follow his dreams and let no preconceived notions stand in his way. Shadra Strickland’s watercolor illustrations are scanned as the story, inspired by true events, is read. Occasional music and minor sound effects are added. This tale will provide insight for young viewers into daily life before the civil rights movement and a greater understanding of the necessity for change.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

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