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. Volume XV Number 10. . . .January 9, 2009
Although the biography genre is a favourite of many adult readers, children will often bypass this genre unless it is assigned in school. This situation poses a challenge for authors of biographies for younger readers as authors must interest and engage readers though a personal connection with the subject of the biography. The "Stories of Great People" series addresses this challenge by incorporating a narrative story line with factual information about the life and times of the subject. The setting is Knicknack Market where Mr. Rummage's "Antiques" stall acquaints Digby, a 10-year-old collector, and his older sister, Hannah, with objects with a story to tell. In Mother Teresa's Alms Bowl, Digby and Hannah discover that a battered bowl is an Indian alms bowl that once belonged to Mother Teresa. With the children's not knowing who Mother Teresa was or the significance of the bowl, the narration of the life of this famous nun begins. Her story is told by both Mr. Rummage and Saffron, a young Indian vendor from the market. The narration, written in a conversational style, is entertaining and should appeal to young readers. This dialogue provides authentic information and helps reveal the inner person of Mother Teresa, together with her thoughts and challenges. The young reader gains further insight into this celebrated woman through the factual information pages and sidebars. The latter, presented in a contrasting format, will captivate the reader while providing historical details that complement the narration. Both the easy-to-read narration and the concise information text allow the reader to understand Mother Teresa as a person and as a historical figure who impacted the lives of others.
Janice Foster, a freshly retired teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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