My Name Is Blessing

My Name Is Blessing

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 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781770493018
Branch Call Number: J 362. 4 WAL
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill., col. map, col. ports. ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fernandes, Eugenie 1943-- Illustrator

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pop2028
Apr 22, 2015

I liked this book because it is really great and this book is very similar to my friends.

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Spider1230
Apr 21, 2015

From this book I learned how people are so poor and has only 1or2 fingers

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Momoalshammari
Apr 19, 2015

Wow this book is amazing but I also feel bad that mouthing had 2 fingers on his right hand and zero on the other hand

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syraunderscore3890
Apr 17, 2015

This book was amazing! I loved it because even though Muthini only had 2 fingers on his right hand on none on his left he tried to stay strong and not tease other people about having a smaller heart, brain and weaker spirit. I thought it was nice that Gabriel wanted to change Muthini's name because from Muthini which means suffering to Baraka which means blessing because he wanted Muthini to have a future. I definitely recommend reading this book.

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Hermione27
Apr 16, 2015

I really like this book because many people in this world have 1 finger like this boy and it kind of tells how he is managing his life

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messi2015
Apr 16, 2015

This book is about a boy named Muthini, which meant suffering. He was born with deformed hands. He was bad at sports and kids teased him. He was smart and kind. His grandma was too poor to keep him and a man adopted him and changed his name to Baraka, which means blessing. He has a good life here goes to school. I am happy he has a good life.

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521rainbowstella
Apr 16, 2015

It was good when the teacher told him to change his to blessing, so people will think about in different way.

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banana14_0
Apr 15, 2015

This book was really something. It shows us some people have less physically but they are not less mentally. I think what the kind man Gabriel did for Muthini was amazing. Muthini means suffering. Gabriel changes his name to bar aka which means blessing. What happens next .... Read to find out

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ZKitty
Apr 15, 2015

This book was amazing! It was about a poor family and one of the children named Muthini. Muthini's family consisted of himself, his grandmother and his 8 cousins. Muthini often felt excluded because he had less fingers than most people. Muthini's name meant suffering, the name his mother had given him before she left him. But then everything changes. A kind man named Gabriel changes Muthini's name to Baraka, which means blessing. This book was amazing and heart warming.

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gilgeoua
Apr 15, 2015

I vote for it and five stars means it

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