Children's LiteratureCharity for the poorest of the poor filled the heart of a young Albanian girl named Agnes who committed her life to serve first as a convent nun, and later in the streets of Calcutta, India, where she took on a new name, Sister Teresa. Because of her passion to care for and house the sick, the Missionaries of Charity organization was founded. It flourishes today in some 126 countries. As head of the group, she was named Mother Teresa. Her service for the street-poor continued with the people she loved until her death at age 87. In this 48-page biography, the author's choice of simple, yet descriptive words works well with the artist's watercolor illustrations, which are as soft and compassionate as the subject herself. Part of the "On My Own Biography" series. 2001, Carolrhoda Books, . Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Patricia Timbrook
School Library JournalGr 1-3-This easy-reader focuses on how Mother Teresa came to devote her life to God's work, and how she eventually created the Missionaries of Charity in India. The story begins with her girlhood in Albania, then moves to Calcutta, where she taught advantaged Indian children in a convent school. Not satisfied with this work, the nun heard God directing her to help the poor and, as a result, she left the convent and entered the slums of Calcutta. The book gives readers a glimpse at some of the work Mother Teresa did there, such as creating schools, giving medical treatment, and establishing places for the terminally ill to die in peace. Soft, realistic, full-page art appears on each spread, suitably complementing the text. Although there are many biographies of Mother Teresa, this one stands out as an inviting and inspiring beginning reader.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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