Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
- Reading age: 8 to 12
In this fictionalized story about a real humanitarian problem facing many countries in the developing world today, readers meet Mimi, an ordinary girl from an ordinary family in Africa. When her younger sister, Nakkissi, gets very sick after drinking unsterilized water from the stream, Mimi learns firsthand how quickly things can go terribly wrong. With no health care provider close by, her whole family must travel on foot to a nearby village to see the one nurse who can provide the medical care her sister desperately needs. Though Mimi is relieved when her sister recovers, she wishes they could get a health clinic in her own village. Several months later, it is Mimi herself who becomes the catalyst to make her wish come true. Author Katie Smith Milway, a former aid worker in Africa, has written the best kind of global education book for children, filled with information that engenders empathy and understanding. The picture-book format with captivating artwork by award-winning illustrator Eugenie Fernandes brings Mimi's story to life. Along with further information, a glossary and a map, an addendum includes suggestions for how young children can get involved, highlighting how inexpensive, easy-to-make improvements can transform people's lives. This terrific book would find many uses in elementary classrooms, including lessons on African culture, African family life and the basic health care needs of people everywhere. Most important, it offers opportunities for inspiring discussions about compassion, volunteerism and making a difference in one's own community and the larger world community.
About the authors
Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., has coordinated community development programs in Africa and Latin America for Food for the Hungry; consulted on village banking in Senegal with World Vision and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written books and articles on sustainable development and is currently a partner at nonprofit consultancy The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Née en 1943, près de New York, Eugenie Fernandes puise son admiration pour les animaux et la nature dans les souvenirs de son enfance. Son inspiration, elle la doit en grande partie à son père, illustrateur de bandes dessinées, avec qui elle passait de longues heures dans son studio.En 1965, Eugenie Fernandes obtient son diplôme de l'école des Arts Visuels de New York et commence alors sa carrière en tant qu'illustratrice. Elle réalise des cartes de v?ux jusqu'au jour où on lui suggère de consulter un agent. Peu de temps après, Eugenie publie sa toute première histoire.Eugenie a écrit ou illustré plus de 80 livres dont Grosse journée, petite souris! et Caféolait s'en va-t-en ville. Parmi ses thèmes préférés, on retient ceux de l'eau et de la nature que l'on retrouve dans des livres tels que Des vagues dans la baignoire ou encore Lina et l'arbre magique. Elle vit aujourd'hui dans le sud de l'Ontario et travaille depuis sa maison dans son studio surplombant un lac et la forêt environnante.
Kim Fernandes is one of Canada's foremost 3-D illustrators. Previous books include "Zebo and the Dirty Planet," "One Grey Mouse" and "Gifts to Make with Model Magic." She lives in Port Perry, Ontario.
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
- Short-listed, Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice
- Short-listed, Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award
- Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
Readers will take much away from this, including an appreciation for their health-care resources and a desire to make a difference in the world.—Kirkus Reviews
With bright, lively acrylic illustrations, the story is followed with several informative spreads, including ways that young readers can help create change.—Booklist
... a great tool to use to expand children's worldviews about the basic needs of other kids around the world.—School Library Journal