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Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Mike Blanc
Publisher: Vanita Books
Published: September 3rd, 2014
The story in this book is based upon the true life experiences of an eight year old boy who lives in the children’s village (aka orphanage) of St Helene’s which is outside Port-au-Prince. He was a baby when he started living there, just after the horrendous floods on September 18th, 2004. He was found in a basket, floating in the flood waters. He was too young to know his name and so someone named him Moses. This book tells you of his life, growing up in the children’s village, the people who are important in his life now, what happened after the earthquake in 2010 and how his attitude and determination are helping other children now.
The story is beautifully told and illustrated, as is usual when Mike Blanc is the illustrator – he’s definitely one of my favourite illustrators of children’s books now!
Ten percent of the profits from sales of the book will help continue to help fund the orphanage which is run by Father Rick Frechette and offers a safe home and free education to children like Moses.
A fantastic book, relating a true story and raising funds to support the orphanage – spreading the word about their great work and the plight of the children separated by the floods and earthquake from family and friends. Parents and educators could easily use this book to help the children in their care realise that others are not as fortunate and develop their awareness of the impact of tragedies around the world on other children.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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