My Name Is Blessing

My Name Is Blessing 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 grand

  • Title: My Name Is Blessing
  • Author: Eric Walters Eugenie Fernandes
  • ISBN: 9781770493018
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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.

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    1. Text to Self: I was drawn to this book because I have a personal connection with the protagonist, a Kenyan boy named Muthini who is missing all of the fingers on one hand and has only two fingers and a thumb on his other hand. While I can’t relate to living as an orphan in Kenya, I empathize with Muthini’s physical difference because I am missing a finger and an arm bone on my left hand. Like Muthini, I have felt self-conscious about my different hand when I meet new people. We moved a few t [...]

    2. I like this book because it is a true story of a young boy overcoming many obstacles, despite the backlash and bullying of his community. I think this book is a great story to share with children while discussing bullying, because it gives students a real life example. Many other stories on bullying are fiction.

    3. My Name is Blessing is the story of Muthini, a young Kenyan boy living with his grandmother and her eight other grandchildren. And, though they are poor and often hungry, there is a lot of love in Muthini's home.The youngest of the cousins, Muthini had been born with no fingers on his left hand and only two on his right hand, and so his mother had given him a name that meant suffering.One day, his grandmother took Muthini on a long walk to a place where he could hear children laughing and playin [...]

    4. Read this book without cryingI dare you! It is a Notable Book for a Global Society 2014. I enjoyed the interesting borders that have been added to some of the pages and then as a frame around the illustration on the title page. Each page starts off with an enlarged, offset letter. The faces in these illustrations simply glow, from Nyanya's furrowed brow to her tear on Muthini's finger. The variation in placement of the text,the full bleed illustrations, and the brightly colored paintings keep th [...]

    5. My Name is Blessing was a story like no other. The heartwarming story tells of a young boy from Kenya who did not have function in either of his hands and lived with his grandmother and eight cousins. Baraka is “difficult” to care for and was rather expensive and his grandmother could no longer afford to take care of him, so she took him to a orphanage who could do a better job. At this orphanage, Baraka learns his disability is not truly a bad thing and that he is a blessing and his disabil [...]

    6. Crying! Beautiful story. Love how Muthini's grandmother explains to him what he has more than others, although he has less than 10 fingers. Lots to talk about here with students - differences, poverty, difficult decisions, names/identity, dreams for the future. Plus social justice/ service aspect in real life to look into.

    7. True story of a boy sent to an orphanage in Kenya when his grandmother cannot feed him. They change his name from "Suffering" to "Blessing" (to his and her approval). I'm a bit concerned because institutional care is almost always worse for the kid, but this one seems to be OK. I liked the real-life update and photos in the back, as well as the way his physical handicaps are acknowledged but not the whole story.

    8. A moving, true story about a boy who was born without all his fingers and is taken care of by his grandmother along with 8 other children. She is aging and struggling to care for all her children the way that they need and a heartbreaking decision must be made. This is a window and sliding door story that empowers readers at the end. A must read in classrooms young and old.

    9. An intriguing story of a young boy in Africa who was born with deformed hands and a burdensome name. Based on a true story.

    10. Plot summary and personal response:This award-winning book is narrated by the book's central character, a young Kenyan boy who was born with no fingers on his left hand and only two on his right". His mother gave him the name, Muthini, which means "suffering" and then abandoned him to the care of his Grandmother (known as Nyanya), who was already caring for eight other grandchildren whose parents had either abandoned them or died. Muthini is often bullied or whispered about by other children and [...]

    11. Where do I begin? My name is Blessing threw me for a roller coaster of emotions. This short story of a beautiful boy melted my heart and hit so close to home. The story begins with a boy explaining his family. The boy lives in an African tribe with his grandmother and her nine grandchildren. Muthini is the youngest of his cousins. Muthini and his family live in poverty. The family does not have much but they have much love. In Kenya names often mean something. Muthini explains a few of his famil [...]

    12. Based on real people, My Name is Blessing is a lovely picture book about a poor Kenyan grandmother left to care for nine orphaned grandchildren. Muthini--born without most fingers and accordingly named "suffering" by the mother who "went away"--is the youngest of these children and the one that Grandmother/"Nyanya" worries about. Taunted by others for his birth defect, Muthini--Nyanya realizes--"needed the most. He was too young and she was too old." She resolves to find a place for him at a chi [...]

    13. My Name Is Blessing, written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, is a children’s picture book about a young boy, Muthini, who has a physical disability resulting in minimal functionality in both of his hands. Muthini, whose name means “suffering”, and his eight cousins live with their grandmother in Kenya. When parents die or no longer feel adequate for their kids, they send them to live with elder relatives. Nyanya gives each of her grandchildren endless amounts of love, [...]

    14. SUMMARY: 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 [...]

    15. My name is Blessing is a powerful and true story about a young boy named Muthini (meaning suffering) who was born with no fingers on his left hand and only 2 fingers on his right. Muthini was abandoned by his mother due to his disability and was raised by his grandmother along with 8 others cousins, brothers and sisters . The beginning of Muthini’s story confronts the issues of poverty and hunger going up in Kenya, as well as some of the insecurities faced by Muthini due to his fingers. Howeve [...]

    16. Muthini is a young boy who lives with his Nyanya alongside his many cousins. His mother, before she left, named him Muthini because it meant suffering. Muthini was born with only two fingers on one hand and he always wondered why he was so different than everyone else. His Nyanya takes him to live with a man named Gabriel when she grows too old to care for him herself. However, Gabriel said he would not take in someone who's name means suffering. Instead, he decides to call Muthini Baraka, a nam [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this true, and uplifting, story about Muthini, a young boy in Kenya who is born with two deformed hands, causing his mother to name him with a name meaning 'suffering'. He lives with his grandmother and many cousins. Unfortunately because he is so young and needs so much physically his grandmother cannot take care of him and takes him to a school far from their home. The man there agrees to take the young boy but only if he is able to change his name from a word that means suffe [...]

    18. Muthini, a young boy with a disfigured hand, lives as an orphan with his 8 cousins and grandmother. When she can no longer provide for all the children or meet Muthini's needs, she must leave him at an orphanage. He meets Gabriel, who changes Muthini's name from Suffering in Kikamba to Baraka, which means blessing when he joins the home. The story is written by Eric Walters based on his experiences in Kenya with Muthini and other orphaned children. The extensive author notes include pictures, in [...]

    19. This book is about a young, Kenyan boy named Muthini. Muthini was born with a physical disability – he does not have any fingers on his left hand and only two fingers on his right hand. Feeling discouraged about having fewer fingers than others, Muthini’s Nyanya shares with him that some people are just born with more of one thing than another. Nyanya goes on to tell Muthini that his heart is bigger than others and that his brain was bigger as well. Muthini was blessed in many ways, even if [...]

    20. This story takes place in Kenya, and tells the real-life story of a young boy named Muthini who lives with his grandmother and 8 of his cousins. Muthini, whose name means suffering, was given his name because he was born without any fingers on his left hand, and only two on his right. Not only does Muthini deal with the effects of his disability, but he also lives in a cramped household with very little money. Because it is difficult for Muthini’s grandmother to raise so many children, she tak [...]

    21. "My Name is Blessing" is the true story of a boy named Muthini, who lives in Kenya with his grandmother and eight cousins. Muthini was born with no fingers on one hand, and only two fingers on the other. This makes life quite difficult for him. His grandmother loves him very much, but cannot properly take care of him. She makes the difficult decision to bring him to an orphanage, and they take him in. The orphanage provides him with food and the opportunity to get an education. I felt so much sa [...]

    22. Throughout reading this book, I cried multiple times as it truly hit home for me. Having two little adopted sisters, one of which felt unloved and useless, made me think of how she must have felt similar to the boy Muthini in this true story. It is a story about hardships, sacrifices, love, and family. I cannot imagine what it would feel like to feel as if I was not good enough for the world and useless. The fact that his mother named him Muthini which means suffering put knots in my stomach and [...]

    23. Based on a true story about a young Kenyan boy whose mother left him but had named him Muthini which meant suffering because he was born with no fingers on his left hand and only two on his right. Many times he was made fun of or avoided which hurt him deeply. He lives with his very elderly grandmother, his Nyanya, along with many cousins whose parents had either died or left them. They are extremely poor and there is never enough money or food, but plenty of love. A difficult choice must be mad [...]

    24. Born with a physical defect, Muthini is lucky enough to have a loving grandmother who tries her best to feed him and his eight cousins. She provides support and encouragement to the young Kenyan boy whose name means suffering. But love doesn't fill stomachs, and one day Muthini's grandmother takes him on a long journey to a boarding school for others like him. The journey changes his life, and just as his fortunes change, so does his name--to Baraka, which means blessing. The simple text and acr [...]

    25. These books are both excellent promotional vehicles for a charitable orphanage in Kenya, and lovely biographical works about the children who live there. Simple stories with a profound kindness and impact, that do a beautiful job of showing how children in this part of Africa live. Neither cloying, nor pitying, and full of hope.

    26. This is a great picture book - fantastic illustrations, good story.I'm tempted to give it a 3 because it's a bit depressing, but I think that's just because I'm currently reading I Am Malala to my class and it's sort of already met my depression quota this month. It really is a good story, but you probably will need to read something light afterwards to cleanse the palate.

    27. Based on the true story of a young Kenyan boy born with a disability. The courage, love and perseverance of his grandmother to provide him with a better life bring him to an NGO, The Creation of Hope, and "Suffering" is turned into "Blessing".

    28. Strikes me more as a book adults want to give to children to make a point about charity but makes me slightly uncomfortable when we interfere with other cultures - liked the illustrations by the wonderful Eugenie Fernandes

    29. A must read and a must have! Amazing story of love and generosity. Of looking on the inside of a person. On doing that right thing. Of the possibility of the future. Amazing book.

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