Walkout


Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Walkout is a children’s social issues picture book written by Tina Shepardson and illustrated by Terry Sirrell. Maddie was beside herself with excitement over the upcoming school anti-violence walkout happening on Friday. She so wanted her best friend, Stella, to walk with her, but Stella wasn’t so sure if it was the right thing to do. The principal had announced that the walkout could be attended only by students in the upper grades, not Stella and Maddie’s class. Stella was just too frightened to go against the ruling. Maddie tried to explain how important a united stand against violence in schools was. But Stella was sure she shouldn’t go against the principal’s decision. On Friday morning, Maddie started to wonder herself if Stella wasn’t right after all, but the most amazing thing happened when they got to class.

Tina Shepardson’s Walkout is derived from a true story about kids organizing safe school walkouts. This upbeat and inspiring story treats a serious problem in a way that shows kids how they can work to become part of the solution instead of simply feeling like victims. Terry Sirrell’s illustrations masterfully capture the conflicting emotions felt by the two friends as they try to find common ground on the upcoming walkout and the problem of violence in schools. Anyone who's ever cringed at the thought of kids having safety drills and practice lockdowns will find this book a refreshing change. Caregivers and teachers can use Walkout as a springboard for discussions on how their local schools can get involved in their own walkouts for safety. While a grand selection for storytime, the reading level of this story makes it suitable for young readers to try on their own as well. Walkout is most highly recommended.