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Walking for Water
How One Boy Stood Up for Gender Equality
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A young boy finds a way to help his sister go to school.Victor and his twin sister, Linesi, are close. Only, now that they are eight years old, she is no longer able to go to school with him. Linesi,...
A young boy finds a way to help his sister go to school.Victor and his twin sister, Linesi, are close. Only, now that they are eight years old, she is no longer able to go to school with him. Linesi,...
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  • A young boy finds a way to help his sister go to school.

    Victor and his twin sister, Linesi, are close. Only, now that they are eight years old, she is no longer able to go to school with him. Linesi, like the other older girls in their community, must walk to the river to get water five times a day to help their mother farm. But Victor is learning about equality in school. He's beginning to realize how boys and girls are not treated equally. And that's not fair to his sister. So Victor comes up with a plan to help.

    Can one boy make a difference in an unequal world? It turns out, he can!

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  • Award-winning author Susan Hughes has written more than 30 books for children of all ages, including Sounds All Around, Walking for Water, Walking in the City with Jane, Earth to Audrey and No Girls Allowed. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

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    May 1, 2021
    This true story shows how a boy in Malawi changed his family's habits to improve gender equality. Victor and Linesi are 8-year-old twins. Every morning, they say goodbye to Mama and race to the kachere tree, where they part ways. Victor, a boy, goes to school, but now Linesi, a girl, goes to the riverbed with a bucket to fetch water for the family, like the other women and older girls. At school, Victor enjoys English lessons from his funny teacher, and one day, Mr. Tambala talks about gender equality. The homework is to notice whether boys and girls are treated equally. After school, Victor notices that the girls do chores while the boys go to school, play games, and do homework. He decides to try to teach Linesi at night, but it doesn't work. He talks to his family, and they agree to make a change: Victor and Linesi start taking turns going to school and fetching water. Soon, their friends make a similar change, and perhaps more changes will come to their village. This inspiring story is a thoughtful representation of a community on the brink of change. Victor shows how an individual's actions can ripple out to change a culture and others' lives. The joyful illustrations make clever use of full scenes and boxed vignettes to show activities, dreams, and choices within a visually monochromatic setting. The characters' smiling faces defy stereotypes and offer hope. (This book was reviewed digitally.) A lovely story with many uses. (author's note, resources, glossary) (Informational picture book. 4-10)

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  • Kirkus Reviews A lovely story with many uses.

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