Walking toward Peace
The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim
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. A free, printable maze featuring Peace Pilgrim can be found at www.flyawaybooks.com/resources.
Walking toward Peace is a Junior Library Guild Selection.
"Imagine walking for 28 years. Crisscrossing the U.S. on foot, carrying only the bare essentials, talking to people about peace. This is how a remarkable woman who went by the name of Peace Pilgrim—convinced that if we all believed in peace as a way of life, there would be no more war—devoted her life to changing the world in the only way she knew how. Krull, the acclaimed and prolific biographer, does not disappoint with her latest. The narrative is sufficiently detailed to capture the motivation and spirit of Peace Pilgrim and the people she met along her walks, leaving the reader wanting to know more. The even, steady pacing is perfectly complemented by Bowler’s crisp illustrations, which capture the serenity, gravity, and joy of Peace Pilgrim’s mission."
—Booklist (starred review)
"In this inspiring story, the young reader will travel with Peace Pilgrim across the county. . . . A good way to start conversations about choosing peace."
"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. . . . An intriguing portrait of a little-known activist."
"An inspiring tale for budding activists."