Mother Teresa's Alms Bowl

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Ganeri's book is one in a series called "Stories of Great People." The series is about famous people and the important objects related to them. The story of Mother Teresa is told through two fictional characters named Digby and Hannah who visit Mr. Rummage's stall at the antiques market. His stall is filled with many interesting objects, and Digby and Hannah enjoy listening to Mr. Rummage's stories of the people who owned these items. He shows Digby and Hannah an Indian alms bowl. The alms bowls are used by holy people in India to collect donations of money, food, and other things. The bowl that Mr. Rummage shows Digby and Hannah is Mother Teresa's alms bowl. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in the town of Skopje that now lies in the country of Macedonia. She was a nun who spent her life helping the poorest people in India. She also helped people who suffered from a disease called leprosy. In 1948, she founded a religious order of nuns, called the Missionaries of Charity, in Calcutta. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She used the money to buy houses for people suffering from leprosy. Much of the story of Mother Teresa's life is told through dialogue between Digby, Hannah and Mr. Rummage. There are also many factual sidebars about her early family life, life in Calcutta and Indian politics. Colorful illustrations and photographs are included. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- These brief, accessible entries feature lively layouts, short chapters, and fictitious characters who pose questions and share information about the historical figures who are the focus of the works. Digby Platt is a young antique collector. His skeptical older sister, Hannah, accompanies him each week to Mr. Rummage's stall of old, interesting objects at London's Knicknack Market, where he finds, for example, Columbus's chart. In Shakespeare, they meet Mr. Clumpmugger, who runs the rare book, map, and print stall, and, in Mother Teresa, Saffron, who works at the spice stall. The books present information about the subjects' families and childhoods through conversations among the characters and in nonfiction inserts. The children also learn about the port city of Lisbon, daily life aboard one of Columbus's ships, Shakespeare's London, Elizabethan theater, the Roman Catholic Church, Indian independence and partition, and leprosy. The first spread is identical in all three offerings; it introduces the characters and sets the stage. Columbus and Shakespeare include a brief "Myths and Stories" section that dispells popular misconceptions. It should be noted that a glaring error in the volume about the Bard refers to "The Lost Years: 1885-92" in both the table of contents and in the chapter heading. Full-color archival paintings and photographs as well as cartoons appear throughout. Various typefaces are set against green or lavender spiral graph-effect paper with numerous subheadings and sidebars. Unfortunately, none of the books include sources. These informative works will entertain without overwhelming.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778737124
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Series: Stories of Great People
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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