My Name is Blessing
Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother. She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and life is hard--love doesn't feed hungry stomachs or clothe growing bodies, or school keen minds. Baraka is too young, and, with his disability, needs too much, and she is too old. A difficult choice must be made, and grandmother and grandchild set off on a journey to see if there is a place at the orphanage for Baraka. The story begins by looking at Baraka's physical disability as a misfortune, but ends by looking beyond the disability, to his great heart and spirit, and the blessings he brings.
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Legal guardianship; Poverty; Physical disability; grandmother raising grandchildren; impoverished family; impoverished community; hand deformity; missing fingers
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2014, Finalist
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, 2014, Finalist
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2014 Picture Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2013
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2014 Picture Book
group home; Kenya; bullying; feelings; soccer; strength
Walters, Eric, "My Name is Blessing" (2013). Diverse Families. 1566.