Mimi's Village And How Basic Health Care Transformed It

2012. 32p. 978-1-55453-722-8. 18.95.
Gr 1-4–This book is part of a series that intends to educate and inspire youngsters to help other children around the world. Milway explains in simple language the dangers that millions of children face without access to fundamental health care such as vaccinations, basic medicine, proper pre- and postnatal care, and clean drinking water. While telling an engaging story of how Mimi’s village in western Kenya comes to have its own clinic and nurse, the text relates the dangers the people face. The nurse brings not only medical supplies, but also the knowledge and education the village needs to be proactive against diseases and malnutrition. The story builds hope that these deadly forces are not insurmountable. The text and tone are not condescending–the villagers work together to build the clinic, petition the governmental health department, and eventually educate others about basic health care and sanitation. The illustrations are colorful, showing the vibrancy of the people, their dress, and the landscape. East African cultural references are woven into the text, allowing readers to gain knowledge of the languages, animals, and even foods of the region. This topic is a heavy one, but the book ends with several pages of practical, child-friendly suggestions about how readers can help others who lack these fundamental resources. It’s a great tool to use to expand children’s worldviews about the basic needs of other kids around the world.–Lisa Crandall, Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI
In Kenya, Mimi's sister almost dies after drinking dirty water, and upon Mimi's suggestion, her village builds a clinic to provide care and teach illness prevention. The worthy if message-heavy story includes warm acrylic art full of cultural details. Lengthy sections of activism-inspiring information highlighting real international organizations, the importance of basic health care, and how kids can help concludes the book. Glos.

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