Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 10
- Grade: 2 to 5
- Reading age: 7 to 10
In this inspiring story of individual activism, a boy recognizes gender inequality when his sister must stop attending school --- and decides to do something about it.
Victor is very close to his twin sister, Linesi. But now that they have turned eight years old, she no longer goes to school with him. Instead, Linesi, like the other older girls in their community, walks to the river to get water five times a day, to give their mother more time for farming. Victor knows this is the way it has always been. But he has begun learning about equality at school, and his teacher has asked the class to consider whether boys and girls are treated equally. Though he never thought about it before, Victor realizes they're not. And it's not fair to his sister. So Victor comes up with a plan to help.
Based on a true story of a Malawian boy, award-winning author Susan Hughes's inspiring book celebrates how one person can make a big difference in the lives of others. It's a perfect starting point for children to explore themes of gender inequality and unequal access to education, as well as the lack of clean water in some parts of the world. Nicole Miles's appealing artwork in this graphic novel / picture book hybrid format adds emotional context to the story. Also included are information about education and water availability in Malawi, resources and a glossary of Chichewa words. Part of the CitizenKid collection and featuring a growth mindset, this important book has links to social studies lessons on global communities and cultures, as well as to character education lessons on initiative, fairness and adaptability.
About the authors
a étudié la littérature anglaise à l'Université de Toronto. Depuis, elle
écrit et publie des livres pour enfants, à la fois des fictions et des
documentaires. Elle habite avec sa famille à Toronto.
Susan Hughes studied English literature at the University of Toronto. She writes both fiction and non-fiction children's books. She lives with her family in Toronto.
Nicole Miles is a cartoonist, graphic designer and illustrator. Her work has appeared on greeting cards and in digital and print media, and her comic Barbara was nominated for an Eisner Award. Originally from the Bahamas, Nicole lives in England.
A lovely story with many uses.
... it definitely deserves a place in every Canadian library and classroom.
... activism-encouraging ...
... an excellent example of allyship ...
Other titles by Susan Hughes
Hooray for Trucks!
Off to Class (updated edition)
Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World
The Differences We Share
Lights Day and Night
The Science of How Light Works
Sounds All Around
The Science of How Sound Works
Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built
Walking in the City with Jane
A Story of Jane Jacobs