Bonyo Bonyo

Bonyo Bonyo


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Bonyo Bonyo is a true story about how a Kenyan boy’s courage and determination, along with critical support from family and strangers, helped him live out his dream of becoming a physician.  Pursuing his goal forces him to leave his family and ultimately his country. But years later he is able to return as a doctor with the resources to build a much-needed clinic.

Bonyo’s story is full of wonderful core values: individual determination, growth through loss and pain, willingness of others to help us reach goals, the benefits of giving back. Intended for 4-8 year olds, ones who are old enough to understand how hard it would be to leave your family just so you can continue to go to school.

Vanita Oelschlager wrote this book after interviewing Dr. Bonyo Bonyo. Dr. Bonyo Bonyo practices family medicine in Akron,Ohio. He tells each patient that they are family to him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981971438
Publisher: VanitaBooks, LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 42
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator. Some of her other books include My Grampy Can’t Walk; Let Me Bee; Big Blue; Made In China; What Pet Will I Get?; Ivy in Bloom and Ivan’s Great Fall. She uses a linoleum reduction technique for creating the illustrations for this story. Kristin lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her two daughters.

Mike Blanc is a career artist, who has illustrated countless publications for both corporate and public interests, worldwide. After 35 accomplished years of traditional drawing and painting, he now prefers the digital mediums. Previous titles by Mike and Vanita include Postcards from a War and Francesca. Mike lives in Ohio.


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Bonyo Bonyo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DubaiReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the more powerful for being true.I read this beautifully illustrated book with a seven year old boy and he was fascinated by the fact that it was a true story.He said "Bonyo Bonyo was a very determined boy, who realised that he had to work hard in school if he was going to fulfil his dream and become a doctor."He would like his friends to read it too.When Bonyo Bonyo can't continue at school because his parents don't have the required $1, he is prepared to walk alone for two days and cross treacherous rivers to attend a free school on the other side of the mountain. The poverty and lack of transport, and the fact that school is not available to everyone, are highlighted effectively in this simple description of Bonyo Bonyo's sacrifice, simply in order to be able to obtain an education.Bonyo Bonyo works hard at school and eventually gets a scolarship to secondary school and then a place in an American University, studying medicine. His Dad sells his precious radio to help pay for the plane ticket.Fifteen years later, Dr Bonyo returns to his village to establish a clinic and provide the essential medical aid that would probably have saved his baby sister over twenty years earlier.The book highlights many aspects of life in Africa that differ from children's experiences here in the West. It does require some parental explanation but was a wonderful shared reading experience.As an added bonus, all net profits from the book will go Dr Bonyo's Kenya Mission.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Bonyo Bonyo lives in a poor village in Kenya. When his little sister dies, he decides he is going to be a doctor and open a clinic in his village. When he is in seventh grade, his family has not money to pay for him to go to school. He meets a man in the town who is a prinicpal at a school 2 days walk from his village. The man tells him he can go to school for free if he can get there. So begins his journey. Even though he does well in school, he needs money to get to the US for university. His father and his village all do what they can to help him raise the money he needs to get to Texas to take advantage of the scholarship he has been given. The truth of how little they had hit me. As the story progressed, the underlying messages of perseverance and determination showed through the passages. Both good and bad days were shown as well how Bonyo decided to handle the situations. The illustrations were well done and added another dimension to the story. It is wonderful to see that net proceeds from book sales would go to the Bonyo's Kenya Mission. There are so many ways a teacher could use this book in the classroom. Teaching about various cultures, social justice, perseverence and appreciation of all you have are just a few areas that come to mind.