Mika hopes for a better life once she’s at Aunt Edna’s, but that is not to be. Her Aunt Edna sends her out into the streets to beg for money to buy food, not to feed Mika but to feed herself.
The story has a happy ending as Mika, the little girl that no one wants, eventually finds someone who loves her and cares for her. But, it’s not a happy story. It’s one that tugs at the heart strings as the story is based on the real lives of orphans in this impoverished country.
The illustrations by Neal Parrow are colorful and expressive, but they are also a bit dark, which reflects the darkness of Mika’s world.
What I Like: This story was written for a good cause, to bring the world’s attention to the plight of orphans in Haiti. In addition to the story, you will find information about the Gold Coast Orphan Alliance, which is an orphan care and adoption support ministry. You will also read about Child Hope International and the Manassero Family.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: 6-10.
Publisher Info: Little Ones of the Nations, 2011; ISBN: 9780615419527; Hardcover, $13.16.
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Special Info: This book is the first in a planned series of books by the publisher. They are working on another title for the series, Martin & Edmond: Two Brothers Journey through Haiti. Read more about the books at the publisher’s website.