Walking Toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim

by Kathleen Krull (Author) Annie Bowler (Illustrator)

Walking Toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

She gave up everything: her home, her possessions, even her real name. She called herself Peace Pilgrim, put on her sneakers, and started off on her quest to walk thousands of miles all around America. Step by step, mile after mile, Peace Pilgrim traveled tirelessly, inviting everyone she met to consider a world where each person and each nation chooses peace.

This true story about a little-known woman who sacrificed everything for her convictions inspires us to step out for what we believe in, gathering others to join us along the way.

Kirkus Reviews

A good way to start conversations about choosing peace.

Publishers Weekly

In this narrative nonfiction picture book, Krull presents the story of Peace Pilgrim, a woman who decided, in the wake of WWII and at the age of 44, to give up her name, former life, and possessions to walk across the United States speaking to individuals and addressing groups about peace. "Walking for twenty-eight years, " Peace Pilgrim relied on the kindness of others in order to fulfill her needs for food and shelter. Krull echoes Peace Pilgrim's "commonsense way" in her simple prose ("Step by step, east and west, north and south, she zigzagged across the country"), while Bowler's mellow color palette and dynamic art portray the white woman and iconic blue tunic. An intriguing portrait of a little-known activist. Back matter includes more about Peace Pilgrim. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

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Walking toward Peace is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Flyaway Books
Publication date
March 20, 2021
Junior Library Guild

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