The Way to School
by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International
Second Story Press, 2015
$18.98, 32 pp, ages 6 – 9
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.
Classroom Connections: 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.
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s Sept/Oct 2015 issue.