Walking for Water: How One Boy Stood up for Gender Equality by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Nicole Miles

 Walking for Water: How One Boy Stood up for Gender Equality by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Nicole Miles, Kids Can Press, 9781525302497, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Citizen Kid books are known for their ability to take complex global issues and distill them for young readers without losing the importance or impact these issues have on the world. Walking for Water is no exception. This fictional narrative (based on real-life events) brings children on a journey to Malawi, Africa where Victor questions why his sister Linesi and other village girls are responsible for the arduous responsibility of water distribution while the boys are privileged to be able to attend school daily.  His inspiration comes from his male teacher asking students to consider gender equality. After a few failed attempts at tutoring Linesi at night, Victor devises a hybrid plan. He will deliver water while Linesi is at school, and she will do the same for him. Each will tutor the other so that they remain current with the curricula. Victor inspires other boys to do the same for the significant girls and women in their lives. The author’s note details the real-life inspiration for the story and explains the challenges of accessing potable water in the region. In addition, the book lists charities that deal with clean water projects. Although illustrations were digitally rendered in Photoshop and Procreate, they maintain a hand-drawn appeal and are vibrant and detailed.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This text would pair nicely with a women’s studies unit, or more obviously the study of water conservation and accessibility. This book would pair nicely with others on the topic such as: Water Princess, One Well and The Water Protectors

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries 

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 4/21/2021

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