Today Is the Day

Today Is the Day

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Mutanu is excited. As she goes about her chores, she thinks about the day to come and what surprises it might bring. For today is no ordinary day at the orphanage she lives in. Every year, the orphanage honors its newest arrivals by creating a birthday day especially for them. From that moment forward, the orphans have a day that they know is theirs--a day to celebrate, a day to enjoy, a day to remember. And today is the day! Based on real children in an orphanage in Kenya, this lovely story shows how something as simple as a birthday, something most of us take for granted, can mean so much in another part of the world.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781770496484
Branch Call Number: JX FIC WAL
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill., col. map ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fernandes, Eugenie 1943-- Illustrator

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mmcbeth29
Dec 05, 2015

SUMMARY: Mutanu is very excited because today is the day. The children of an orphanage in Kenya hurry to finish their chores. Relatives come to visit. Then the party begins. Each child is given a gift bag and a party hat to celebrate their birthday for the year. Then there is cake. Mutanu is very happy because her life is joyously celebrated.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with acrylic paint. They are vibrantly colored and show lots of movement. This makes each page exciting, interesting and fun to look at.

THE GOOD: This is a positive story that tells a little bit about the lives of orphans in Africa. The book is based on the real lives of children in Kikima, Kenya. It is nice to see an upside to living in an orphanage. This story is a great way to teach about compassion and ways to make others' lives better with even the smallest of gestures. I love how the main character's name means happy and how she shows a contagious positive attitude throughout the book. In the back of the book is the true story of the orphanage, Mutanu, and the birthday party--complete with photographs.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The font size in this book is teeny tiny making it more difficult to read. There was enough room to make the font just a bit larger. This story is fairly long, so the younger age group may not be able to sit through the book in one reading.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for grades 1-4

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

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