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. Volume XXI Number 16. . . .December 19, 2014
Hope Springs is the second book that Canadian award-winning author and activist Eric Walters has set in Kenya highlighting the hardships of the people living in the Mbooni district. Based on a true story, as was Walters’ poignant picture book, My Name is Blessing. Walters uses the constant threat and fear of drought to illustrate kindness and generosity.
Young Boniface and a small group of children from the orphanage travel down the hill to the valley to fill their water containers from the tiny trickle that drips from the village spring. But the local people tell them they are unwelcome and they must leave. As the eldest, Boniface feels responsible and also frightened. The house parents at the orphanage, Ruth and Henry, explain that the villagers were mean because of fear that they would not have enough water for their families. Fortunately, the construction of a well for the orphanage is soon completed, and there is plenty of water. But Boniface, looking down the hill at the containers lined up by the spring, wants to help these desperate people. Henry and Boniface devise a plan to help the people build their own well.
Janice Foster, a retired teacher and teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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