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

Author

Alice B. McGinty

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Suggested grade level:

3rd - 5th

Climate Commitment:

Save water

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Language:

English

Book notes:

Strong focus on Indigenous themes

AR Points:

About the Book

Underneath the New Mexico sky, a Navajo boy named Cody finds that his family's barrels of water are empty. He checks the chicken coop-- nothing. He walks down the road to the horses' watering hole. Dry. Meanwhile, a few miles away, Darlene Arviso drives a school bus and picks up students for school. After dropping them off, she heads to another job: she drives her big yellow tanker truck to the water tower, fills it with three thousand gallons of water, and returns to the reservation, bringing water to Cody's family, and many, many others. Here is the incredible and inspiring true story of a Native American woman who continuously gives back to her community and celebrates her people.

Climate Commitment Activity

Save water

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