My Name Is Blessing

My Name Is Blessing

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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 made and Muthini is the youngest child and needs to have a better chance in life, so his Nyanya takes him to an orphanage where he is blessed and his name is changed to Baraka which means blessing for he was a blessing just as his grandmother always knew.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781770493018
Branch Call Number: Picture Book Walters
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Fernandes, Eugenie 1943-- Illustrator


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Apr 22, 2015

I liked this book because it is really great and this book is very similar to my friends.

Apr 21, 2015

From this book I learned how people are so poor and has only 1or2 fingers

Apr 19, 2015

Wow this book is amazing but I also feel bad that mouthing had 2 fingers on his right hand and zero on the other hand

Apr 17, 2015

This book was amazing! I loved it because even though Muthini only had 2 fingers on his right hand on none on his left he tried to stay strong and not tease other people about having a smaller heart, brain and weaker spirit. I thought it was nice that Gabriel wanted to change Muthini's name because from Muthini which means suffering to Baraka which means blessing because he wanted Muthini to have a future. I definitely recommend reading this book.

Apr 16, 2015

I really like this book because many people in this world have 1 finger like this boy and it kind of tells how he is managing his life

Apr 16, 2015

This book is about a boy named Muthini, which meant suffering. He was born with deformed hands. He was bad at sports and kids teased him. He was smart and kind. His grandma was too poor to keep him and a man adopted him and changed his name to Baraka, which means blessing. He has a good life here goes to school. I am happy he has a good life.

Apr 16, 2015

It was good when the teacher told him to change his to blessing, so people will think about in different way.

Apr 15, 2015

This book was really something. It shows us some people have less physically but they are not less mentally. I think what the kind man Gabriel did for Muthini was amazing. Muthini means suffering. Gabriel changes his name to bar aka which means blessing. What happens next .... Read to find out

Apr 15, 2015

This book was amazing! It was about a poor family and one of the children named Muthini. Muthini's family consisted of himself, his grandmother and his 8 cousins. Muthini often felt excluded because he had less fingers than most people. Muthini's name meant suffering, the name his mother had given him before she left him. But then everything changes. A kind man named Gabriel changes Muthini's name to Baraka, which means blessing. This book was amazing and heart warming.

Apr 15, 2015

I vote for it and five stars means it

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