Walking for water : how one boy stood up for gender equality

by Hughes, Susan, 1960-

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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 realises they're not. And it's not fair to his sister. So Victor comes up with a plan to help.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Despite being twins, eight-year-olds Victor and Linesi experience life differently in their small village in Malawi. While Victor attends school, his sister must drop out to collect water every day for their family's needs: "Five walks to the river and five walks home." When an engaging new teacher, Mr. Tambala, describes gender equality and asks the class to consider their own lives, Victor decides to alternate water-collecting responsibilities and lessons with Linesi. Hughes uses straightforward prose to explain the gendered cultural norms, while debut creator Miles digitally sketches dynamic Black characters with a range of skin tones, employing a desertlike color palette for landscapes. Inset scenes and speech bubbles bolster the narrative flow of this activism-encouraging picture book, inspired by a photo essay by journalist Tyler Riewer. Back matter includes an author's note, resources, and a Chichewa-English glossary with pronunciations. Ages 7--10. (June)"
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Additional Information
Series CitizenKid.
Subjects Sex discrimination against women -- Malawi -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Education -- Malawi -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Education.
Sex discrimination against women.
Malawi -- Juvenile fiction.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
Publisher Toronto, ON :2021
Contributors Miles, Nicole, illustrator.
Language English
Description 30 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9781525302497
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