|Mimi's village : and how basic health care transformed it (CitizenKid)|
Author: Milway, Katie Smith
The story of Mimi, a young girl, living in a small African village with no primary health care, and what she goes through when she gets sick.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.80
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 154696
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/12)
School Library Journal (10/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2012 Through the fictionalized viewpoint of a small child in rural Kenya today, this picture book in the CitizenKid series tells young readers about the urgent need to improve lives in developing countries through access to clean water, protection from mosquitoes, and more basic essentials that most U.S. kids take for granted. While carrying a can filled from a stream, Mini Malaho knows that her family has to boil water before they can drink it. But her little sister, Nakkissi, is so thirsty that Mimi gives her two handfuls of the brownish water. Nakkissi becomes critically ill, but she is saved just in time when the family gets her to the health clinic in the next village. Then Mimi helps her village build its own clinic. The nurse helps Mama give birth, the children get vaccinations, and nets sprayed with insecticides keep off the deadly mosquitoes. With bright, lively acrylic illustrations, the story is followed with several informative spreads, including ways that young readers can help create change. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2012 Gr 1–4—This book is part of a series that intends to educate and inspire youngsters to help other children around the world. Milway explains in simple language the dangers that millions of children face without access to fundamental health care such as vaccinations, basic medicine, proper pre- and postnatal care, and clean drinking water. While telling an engaging story of how Mimi's village in western Kenya comes to have its own clinic and nurse, the text relates the dangers the people face. The nurse brings not only medical supplies, but also the knowledge and education the village needs to be proactive against diseases and malnutrition. The story builds hope that these deadly forces are not insurmountable. The text and tone are not condescending-the villagers work together to build the clinic, petition the governmental health department, and eventually educate others about basic health care and sanitation. The illustrations are colorful, showing the vibrancy of the people, their dress, and the landscape. East African cultural references are woven into the text, allowing readers to gain knowledge of the languages, animals, and even foods of the region. This topic is a heavy one, but the book ends with several pages of practical, child-friendly suggestions about how readers can help others who lack these fundamental resources. It's a great tool to use to expand children's worldviews about the basic needs of other kids around the world.—Lisa Crandall, Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.