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Neema's Reason to Smile Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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Lyrical and lovely, Neema's Reason to Smile reminds us that education is the greatest gift we can give a child, and that with enough love and determination, dreams sometimes do come true. Moving, important, and inspiring. --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal Winning Children s Author
With vivid, flowing prose and wonderfully vibrant characters, Neema's Reason to Smile takes on a complicated topic girls overcoming global obstacles to education yet delivers a poignant example of how dreams can be realized through community. Although this tale is set in Kenya, it represents stories that untold in real life in more than 50 countries around the world where school is not free. --Tanya Lee Stone, author of Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Youth/Teens; Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction
About the Author
Patricia Newman, recent recipient of the American Library Association's Sibert Honor, is the author of numerous award-winning books that show kids how their actions can ripple around the world. With titles such as Neema's Reason to Smile; Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Sea Otter Heroes; and Plastic, Ahoy!, she hopes to empower kids to think about the adults they d like to become.
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This book was an important message, showing the realities for many people in impoverished nations and how school isn't something we should take for granted. It also shows the impact that people can have when they decided to help. This would be a good discussion starter for sure.
I enjoyed the message, but I have to say the pictures weren't my favorite. I loved the bright colors, but I found it strange that the animals looked realistic but the people looked more like caricatures.
I read a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.