Celebrating Education Around the World

The Way to School by Rosemary McCarney (with Plan International) is an intriguing picture book that shows readers how children get to school around the world.


The first thing readers will notice are the beautiful color photographs by photojournalists and Plan members, which document the journeys taken by children every day to get to school. From crossing rivers to climbing mountains, regular kids make difficult treks to do what many of us take for granted.

Have a child or student who complains about going to school? This is the perfect book to show him or her how children are willing to make the sacrifices to get an education. In some cases these children are risking their lives every day to go to school, such as by crossing collapsed or flimsy bridges. Their stories are sure to put things in a new perspective.

The Way to School is perfect to celebrate the beginning of the school year, and to accompany units on world geography. It might also be appropriate for 100 day celebrations, to show children what can be accomplished. Be sure to pull out an atlas or world map to share the locations of these unusual journeys.

This review was originally posted at Wrapped in Foil blog.