Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hope Springs by Eric Walters

It's really dry in Kenya, Africa.  When there is a drought, it is even drier...

Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be in stores on September 9th, so get a copy then.

Boniface is in an orphanage and one of her duties is to go down to the river to get water.  She and her friend go there, put their buckets on the ground in line and then go to play.  She can't believe it when the other people there throw their buckets away from the line, but she doesn't say anything.  She just goes to get the bucket and moves back to the line.  But the people there won't let them have any water!

When they run back to the orphanage to report it to the houseparent, he tells them the people are afraid they are going to run out of water and are trying to protect their source.  The good news is that the orphanage is digging a well and should have their own water source soon.

Mr. Walters' story has a lovely message.  When the well starts giving them water, Boniface suggest sharing it with the people at the river.  They have enough they can share.  Why not share it with them as a sign of hope?

The book is very nicely illustrated and the story is tied to an actual village in Kenya.  Take a look and see the children he's writing about.

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