Chelsea Green Publishing

Gaia Girls Way of Water

Pages:336 pages
Book Art:Black and white drawings
Size: 5.5 x 8.25 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback: 9781933609034
Pub. Date June 13, 2007
eBook: 9781603581370
Pub. Date June 13, 2007

Gaia Girls Way of Water

By Lee Welles
Illustrated by Carol Coogan

Categories:
Kids & Family

Availability: Out Of Stock - Currently on Back Order

Paperback

Available Date:
June 13, 2007

$19.95

Availability: In Stock

eBook

Available Date:
June 13, 2007

$12.95 $10.36

Miho's backyard had always been the sea. The creatures within it were an endless source of fascination. But when the sea steals away her small family, she finds herself the ward of an uncle she has never met and submerged in a world she has never known: Japan. From the city of Nagoya to the seaside town of Goza, Miho struggles to fit in and navigate the language, the culture and her own grief. It is in Goza that she discovers her surprising family history and finds new teachers. She is befriended by an old man who becomes her Sensei and teaches her Sho-do, The Way of the Brush. And it is there she meets Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Gaia grants her amazing powers to connect with the "minds in the water" and Miho is given access and understanding to all the world's oceans. Will she be able to use her powers to help balance the traditions of the past with the demands of the present? Can she overcome her outsider status to help others understand The Way of Water?

REVIEWS AND PRAISE

Gaia Girls Way of Water is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Award honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book has been honored by this distinguished award.

Regan Windsor, for curled up with a good kids book-
Miho has spent her life by the sea. Her parents annually follow the humpback whales to Hawaii in the winter and Alaska in the summer - or they did, at least until that dreadful day when Miho received a sealed package with five horrid little words: Lost at sea; presumed dead.

Now, at only ten years old, she is flying across the world to live with an uncle she has never met. With nothing but time and painful memories, she reflects on the last time she saw her parents. As they were packing up their boat for the day, Miho had seen an otter wave at her and begged her parents to let her stay and find it. Now she wishes she had ignored the otter and gone out to sea with her parents. She would much rather be "Lost at sea; presumed dead" than flying across the world surrounded by so much pain.

When she arrives at the airport, a driver is waiting to pick her up instead of her uncle coming himself. Things go downhill from there as she soon finds out her uncle lives in a tiny, cigarette-stinking apartment in the downtown of large, busy city of Nagoya. She also learns she is an outsider here. Part Japanese, part American, she towers over the Japanese inhabitants, and her green eyes clearly flag her as a Gaijin (stranger).

Miho's life takes a dramatic turn, however, when her uncle takes her to Goza, a small town by the sea where he and her mother grew up. She feels at home with the sea, and her uncle appears to be more happy and relaxed. Miho soon bumps into the otter and it begins to speak to her. He explains that she has been chosen and begins to give her many powers as he teaches her about the creatures of the sea. She learns that the sea is in danger and is determined to find a way to convince her uncle that they must stay and live in Goza. But how can she accomplish this? And how can she save the creatures of the sea?

Gaia Girls: Way of Water is a heartwarming story of loss, love, and adventure. Miho introduces the reader to many of life's lessons in a gentle and guiding way. In addition to the environmental message that forms a subtle yet stable foundation, the reader is reminded among many other things that life's teachers come in many forms, that one must be careful not to be blinded by one's immediate desires, and that, above all, we must work together as creatures of the planet, in both work and play.

Way of Water is the second in the "Gaia Girls" series. While each book forms a single independent story, they are interconnected, as are the elements of the earth. This fabulous collection is ageless in its readership and timeless in its wisdom. It is a recommended addition for every bookshelf and library collection, remembering of course to save space for the upcoming volumes. If these books are any indication, there are more great adventures just over the horizon.

AWARDS

  • Winner - Nautilus Book Award, Gold Winner (Children's/Young Adult) - 2008
  • Winner - Mom's Choice, Gold Award (Juvenile Fiction)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lee Welles

Lee Welles is a freelance writer who lives and works in upstate New York. The Gaia Girls series was inspired by a combination of her personal experience as a summer camp nature director, her love of the outdoors, and reading about Gaia Theory. Ms. Welles regularly appears on television and radio as a wellness expert and writes a weekly wellness column. She lives in Corning, New York. You can visit Lee's blog at http://gaiagirls.com/blog/

CONNECT WITH THIS AUTHOR

The Gaia Girls Website

ALSO BY THIS AUTHOR

Gaia Girls Enter the Earth

Gaia Girls Enter the Earth

By Lee Welles

Elizabeth Angier was happy to be at the end of the school year. She thought her summer on the family farm would be full of work and play with her best friend, Rachel, and her other best friend, her dog, Maizey. However, Elizabeth didn't anticipate the Harmony Farms Corporation moving to her town. Her world starts to crumble as her best friend moves away and her parents whisper of farmers selling their land and the effects this factory farm operation could have on them. When she thinks things can't get much worse, she meets the most unusual creature, Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Strange things begin to happen to her, around her, and through her! Elizabeth discovers that with these new powers comes responsibility. A dire mistake makes Elizabeth wonder if meeting Gaia has been a blessing or a curse. Will Elizabeth have the strength to fight a large corporation? Or will her upstate New York home be spoiled by profit driven pork production that fouls the air, land, and water?

Available in: Paperback, eBook

Read More

Gaia Girls Enter the Earth

Lee Welles, Ann Hameister

Paperback $19.95

AUTHOR VIDEOS

What Lee Welles does to be 'green'.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Wormania!

Wormania!

By Mary Appelhof and Caton Gauthier

Wormania! offers kids a rare opportunity to view exciting images of live worms at work, and demonstrates how anatomy and physiology can be taught without having to dissect the worm. See a nightcrawler drag a leaf across the ground, the rhythmic beating of a worm's five pairs of hearts, and a baby worm hatching from its cocoon.

Songwriter and entertainer Billy B. Brennan and the Brennan kids, Julian, Shannon, and James make this a fast-paced, educational, and entertaining video.

Available in: VHS video

Read More

Wormania!

Mary Appelhof, Caton Gauthier

VHS video $34.90

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt

By Kiko Denzer

  • Turn the earth under your feet into natural, cheap, beautiful art: African-inspired murals, fanciful playground sculptures, labyrinths, sundials, sculpted benches, bird houses, & more
  • Complete illustrated how-to guide to mud, art, & community
  • Inspiring stories & color photos from earth-artists here & abroad

For teachers, parents, activists, builders, artists, & other kids. Here is inspiration and instruction for anyone interested in making beautiful art out of earth. The author of Build Your Own Earth Oven teaches you to find, mix, and sculpt the right mud; develop group goals and vision, and translate simple, natural (and easy to draw) patterns into sophisticated and complex designs. The resulting murals will transform anonymous "spaces" into real places. Or make "garden art" you can sit on (or in). Get inspirated by earth artists across the country and over the sea. Extensive resources for further study. Join them all in making art to help "join us, harmoniously, to a whole." Brief, elegant, wonderfully and generously illustrated with drawings and 32 pages of color photos.

Available in: Paperback

Read More

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt

Kiko Denzer

Paperback $15.00

The Chelsea Green Reader

The Chelsea Green Reader

Chelsea Green, the Vermont-based independent publisher, has always had a nose for authors and subjects that are way ahead of the cultural curve, as is evident in this new anthology celebrating the company’s first thirty years in publishing.


The more than one hundred books represented in this collection reflect the many distinct areas in which we have published–from literature and memoirs to progressive politics, to highly practical books on green building, organic gardening and farming, food and health, and related subjects–all of which reflect our underlying philosophy: "The politics and practice of sustainable living." The Chelsea Green Reader offers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list of books and authors and to the important ideas that they express. Interesting and worth reading in their own right, the individual passages when taken as a whole trace the evolution of a highly successful small publisher–something that is almost an oxymoron in these days of corporate buyouts and multinational book groups.
From the beginning, Chelsea Green's books were nationally recognized, garnering positive reviews, accolades, and awards. We’ve published four New York Times bestsellers, and our books have set the standard for in-depth, how-to books that remain relevant years–often decades–beyond their original publication date.


"Chelsea Green was born from a single seed: the beauty of craft. Craft in writing and editing, in a story well told, or a thesis superbly expressed," writes cofounder and publisher emeritus Ian Baldwin in the book's foreword. Today, craft continues to inform all aspects of our work–design, illustration, production, sales, promotion, and beyond. It has even informed our business model: In 2012, Chelsea Green became an employee-owned company.

With the rise of the Internet, new media platforms, and a constantly shifting bookselling landscape, the future of publishing is anything but predictable. But if Chelsea Green's books prove anything, it is that, despite these challenges, there remains a hunger for new and important ideas and authors, and for the permanence and craftsmanship of the printed word. Today our ongoing mission is stronger than ever, as we launch into our next thirty years of publishing excellence.

Available in: Paperback, eBook

Read More

The Chelsea Green Reader

Ben Watson, Ian Baldwin

Paperback $15.00

Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD)

Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD)

By Jeffrey M. Smith and Gerald Caussade

School districts, supermarkets, and even whole countries have banned genetically engineered foods, fearing that they are not safe. Discover the evidence that confirm that these dangerous foods should never have been approved, and find out how to protect yourself, your family and the next generation.

Three videos in one: includes an interview with Jeffrey M. Smith, footage of scientists, and a look at the miraculous improvement in student behavior that accompanied a change in diet at a Wisconsin school. Also included is a lecture by Smith on "The Health Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods and Their Cover-up."

Available in: DVD

Read More

Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals (DVD)

Jeffrey M. Smith, Gerald Caussade

DVD $19.95