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My Name is Blessing

Title

My Name is Blessing

Authors

Eric Walters

Illustrator

Eugenie Fernandes

Publisher

Tundra Books

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9781770493018

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

AD630L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Legal guardianship; Poverty; Physical disability; grandmother raising grandchildren; impoverished family; impoverished community; hand deformity; missing fingers

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Kenyan

Family Formation

grandmother

Awards

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

Keywords

group home; Kenya; bullying; feelings; soccer; strength

Diversity Impact

direct

My Name is Blessing


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