Review; Bonyo Bonyo by Vanita Oelschlager

Sometime last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the biographical picture book Bonyo Bonyo by Vanita Oelschlager through Netgalley. I read it last year, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Bonyo Bonyo is a true story about how a Kenyan boy’s courage and determination, along with critical support from family and strangers, helped him live out his dream of becoming a physician. Pursuing his goal forces him to leave his family and ultimately his country. But years later he is able to return as a doctor with the resources to build a much-needed clinic.

Bonyo’s story is full of wonderful core values: individual determination, growth through loss and pain, willingness of others to help us reach goals, the benefits of giving back. Intended for 4-8 year olds, ones who are old enough to understand how hard it would be to leave your family just so you can continue to go to school.

Vanita Oelschlager wrote this book after interviewing Dr. Bonyo Bonyo. Dr. Bonyo Bonyo practices family medicine in Akron,Ohio. He tells each patient that they are family to him.

My Thoughts on the Book
This is a wonderful true story that shows that dreams can come true. I loved the illustrations and the message of the story, but I felt the narrative was a bit distant.


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