Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bonyo Bonyo

Bonyo Bonyo
by Vanita Oelschlager
illustrations by Kristin Blackwood and Mike Blanc
Published April 1st 2010 by Vanita Books
picture book biography, 42 pages.

Despite the poor conditions of his village and family, a young boy still had a fun childhood playing soccer with a homemade soccer ball and listening to his granny's stories. Unfortunately his baby sister died when he was only 8 years old. She died because they didn't always have clean water to drink and there was no medical staff to care for her in the village. This one event made young Bonyo Bonyo vow that one day he would put a hospital in his village so other children wouldn't have to die like his sister. It was many years before he even made it to school for the first time. Once he did,  it was just the beginning of a long path through schools and universities that would eventually lead to the fulfillment of his lifelong dream. Bonyo Bonyo never wavered from his goal. He is a great example to people of all cultures and of all ages. His courage and determination led him to do great things. Striking illustrations add amazing depth and emotion to the story.

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