As thousands of children across Canada
walk, bus, or bike to school this fall, The
Way to School reminds us that this is a long,
and even dangerous, daily trek for many
students. Washed out bridges, high mountain trails, cliffs and severe weather conditions are
just some of the daunting obstacles that some children have to overcome as they make their
way to school. With simple text and full page illustrations The Way to School describes many
of the amazing ways that children around the world gain access to an education.
The author, Rosemary McCarney is President and CEO of Plan Canada, a charity that is committed to improving the lives of children. She is the author of Every Day is Malala Day and Because I Am a Girl: I Can Change the World.
Although this book is accessible to young readers, it would also make a wonderful read aloud for a primary class at the beginning of the school year. It could be used as a springboard for discussion and as a focus for practising reading comprehension strategies: making connections, asking questions and inferring.
[Review by Brenda Boreham.]