Mother Teresa: Friend to the Poor
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Mother Teresa: Friend to the Poor

by Kathleen Kudlinski
     
 

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, Mother Teresa grew up in a small war-torn town in Macedonia. The youngest of three children, Mother Teresa was called Gonxha, which means "flower bud," by her family because of her cheerful disposition. Mother Teresa's family were devoted Catholics who prayed every evening and went to church almost every day. By the time she was

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Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, Mother Teresa grew up in a small war-torn town in Macedonia. The youngest of three children, Mother Teresa was called Gonxha, which means "flower bud," by her family because of her cheerful disposition. Mother Teresa's family were devoted Catholics who prayed every evening and went to church almost every day. By the time she was twelve years old, Mother Teresa knew she wanted to devote her life to helping the sick and poor.

Mother Teresa is considered one of the world's greatest humanitarians. She was the recipient of the United States Medal of Honor and the Nobel Peace Prize, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II. This fascinating biography details Mother Teresa's childhood and proves that one person can make a difference in the world with love and faith.

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Children's Literature
This book gives a simple account of the life of this humanitarian. As a child she was called Gonxha, which means flower bud. Growing up in a strict Catholic family with a brother and sister, she observed her mother's care of the poor. Although of Albanian background, they lived in Macedonia at a time of unrest. Gonxha was in the third grade when her prominent merchant father was thought to have been poisoned and her mother, left without funds, started a successful business. Gonxha spoke Albanian until the fourth grade, when she had to learn to speak Serbo-Croat in a new school. Even as a child she was serious and devout. When she was fifteen she entered the Carmelite Order. Later sent to Calcutta, India, she taught in a private school but was not satisfied until she could serve the poorest of the poor. She began the Missionaries of Charity and became world famous for her care of the poor. Surprisingly, this book tells that in later life she was troubled by nightmares which were relieved by an exorcism. This is one of the "Childhood of World Figures" series. There is a time line and lists of resources for further study. 2006, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, , Ages 8 to 12.
—Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416911609
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/20/2006
Series:
Childhood of World Figures Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Kudlinski was born in Pennsylvania. When she grew up, she studied art and biology at the University of Maine. She became a science teacher, but when she stopped teaching, she tried writing. She is the author of books about Rosa Parks, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dr. Seuss, and many more.

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