Nya's Long Walk

A Step at a Time

by Linda Sue Park

On Sale: 09/03/2019

Nya's Long Walk

A Step at a Time

by Linda Sue Park

illustrated by Brian Pinkney

On Sale: 09/03/2019

Format:

Junior Library Guild Selection

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year

Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

About the Book

In this picture book companion to the beloved bestseller A Long Walk to Water, a young South Sudanese girl goes on a journey that requires determination, persistence, and compassion.

Young Nya takes little sister Akeer along on the two-hour walk to fetch water for the family. But Akeer becomes too ill to walk, and Nya faces the impossible: her sister and the full water vessel together are too heavy to carry.

As she struggles, she discovers that if she manages to take one step, then another, she can reach home and Mama’s care.

Bold, impressionistic paintings by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brian Pinkney evoke the dry, barren landscape and the tenderness between the two sisters.

An afterword discusses the process of providing clean water in South Sudan to reduce waterborne illness.

Critical Praise

"Newbery medalist Park returns to the theme of her acclaimed novel A Long Walk to Water (2010), bringing a tender sensibility to this blend of fiction and reality that brings home the visceral fragility of living without access to fresh, clean water." — Booklist

"With compassion, the creators present younger readers with a portrait of a life in which determination is needed just to get enough clean water to drink, a reality for many villagers in South Sudan." — Publishers Weekly

 "Pinkney’s swirling watercolors aptly portray the open topography of South Sudan and depict both the hardships and closeness of this family....[This book] helps young readers understand the reali­ties of this water crisis and the solutions that have improved the quality of life for many." — Horn Book Magazine

"The illustrations beautifully capture life in a small South Sudanese village and earth-toned swirls create a lovely impression of dust and heat...A thought-provoking story to inspire ­empathy and social consciousness." — School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781328781338
  • ISBN 10: 132878133X
  • Imprint: Clarion Books
  • On Sale: 09/03/2019
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 7
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Africa
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Health & Daily Living / Daily Activities
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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