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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Sep 2015
publisher: Second Story Press

The Way to School

by Rosemary McCarney, with Plan International Canada

tagged: school & education, asia, africa

Minimal text and stunning photographs from around the world describe the remarkable, and often dangerous, journeys children make every day on their way to and from school. No simple school bus picks them up each day, but rather children travel through disaster zones, cross rapids, climb mountains, and maneuver on ziplines daily to get to the classroom. Some of them even carry their desks!

In this beautiful picture book for young readers, every image and spread speaks to the desire for an education and the physical commitment the children make each day as they journey to school.

About the Authors
Rosemary McCarney is Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations and past President and CEO of Toronto-based Plan Canada, one of the largest international development agencies in Canada. After working with organizations like the World Bank and the UN, Rosemary moved to Plan Canada, where she spearheaded the Because I am a Girl movement. She is the author of Every Day is Malala Day, Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World, and The Way to School.

Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international charities, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty and injustice. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 9
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 9
Editorial Review

This is both a fascinating look at school around the world and a very subtle message to readers to appreciate what they have.

— Kirkus Reviews


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The Way to School

This book features vivid photographs of children determined to get to school no matter the obstacle, combatting natural disasters and crossing rivers and mountain passes on their way. The Way to School is a strong example of perseverance and determination and a book that highlights the significance of education for all children.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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