Bibliographic Information: Bandy, M. S., Stein, E. (2011). White Water. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Annotation: After tasting the warm, rusty water from the African-American fountain, Michael began to wonder if the White fountain would taste better. Throughout this book, Michael daydreams of tasting the cool, refreshing White water. Eventually, he realizes that its two different fountains that receive the same warm, rusty water from the same pipe.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this book: readers learning about segregation

Response/Rating(1-4): 4; this book appropriately explains segregation and Michael’s perspectives towards separation.

Text Dependent Question: What happened when Michael tasted the white water? What did he realize?


A. Reading Logs

B. Reading logs are similar to journals in which students write their reactions and opinions about the book.

C. This strategy would be great for this book because it gives students the opportunity to reflect and understand the reading individually. This book offers many aspects that they could reflect upon.