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Mother Teresa (Woa) (Women of Achievement) Hardcover – June, 2001
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-The book begins with Mother Teresa's rescuing dying people from the streets in Calcutta, India, in the early 1950s and providing them with a safe haven in which to die with dignity. Descriptions of her early family life in Albania follow and give some insight into her decision to devote her life to serving the poor. Background relating to colonial India, the caste system, Hindu religious beliefs, and the effects of World War II are included in the chapters about her early years in India as a teacher. After Indian independence, Sister Teresa and eventually her order of Missionaries of Charity aided the sick and dying in the streets, the children in need of schools, and the leprous outcasts. The second half of the book describes how her mission became worldwide and how she became an international spokesperson for charity and peace among world leaders. The book is well researched and gives a balanced account by including the thoughts of her critics as well. The writing is good and the many quotes add interest. The format is inviting, featuring text on generous white space and frequent, interesting black-and-white photographs. This one outshines previous titles for this audience about Mother Teresa because of its depth and critical perspective afforded by time passed after her death.
Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH
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