- Number of Pages: 42
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
“ Inspirational” will probably be the word for this picture-book biography of a poor child in rural Kenya who grows as much as become a successful medical doctor inside the U. S. and returns to set up a clinic inside the village where he was born. The message of harambee, or togetherness, is universal. He walks barefoot for two days across two rivers in order to attend boarding school, eventually tends to make it to Catholic high school, right after which at 17 is accepted into a Texas college on scholarship. True to Bonyo's viewpoint, the direct, first-person narrative begins with the young boy's life of hardship, his heartbreak when his baby sister dies, and his dream that he will someday put a hospital inside the village. The clear illustrations with thick black lines and glowing color are dramatic yet spare, portraying the ever-present hardship and hunger in the village, the boy's struggle to acquire an education, and his determination to succeed. The quiet, triumphant climax shows people today lining up with their babies at Dr. Bonyo's village clinic.
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