Sunday 12 November 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Gift of Gift by Sanjay Nambiar

The Gift of Gift
Author: Sanjay Nambiar
Genre: Picture Book

Book Description:
The Super Amazing Princess Heroes have sprung in to action to help build a new school in Uganda. Everything is going well until one of the heroes, Kinney, gets very sick with a heart condition and flies back to the U.S. for medical help. The girls soon learn that one of their Ugandan friends, a wonderful girl named Gift, is sick with the same condition. She needs to fly to the U.S. as well —but what if she didn’t? What if she had a hospital in Uganda that could help other kids just like her? The story of the Super Amazing Princess Heroes conveys positive messages to young girls to help others and to think of those outside themselves.

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I had no idea what to expect with this one. I didn't read the blurb. I just delved right in, and what a wonderful story it was. Girl Power at its strongest. Here we have a group of super hero princesses who have a duty of helping those in need all around the world.

In this story, the girls find themselves in Uganda, building a school with the aid of their powers. Unfortunately, a super hero princess by the name of Kinney falls ill with a very serious heart condition and has to fly to America for her surgery, as Uganda doesn't have the facilities required to do the surgery.

This book highlights the need for better medical care in an impoverished country such as Uganda. It touches upon a very common problem that people all around the world experience, and I loved how the author chose to portray this dilemma through both the fortunate (even a super hero princess with all her powers can become ill) and the less fortunate (Gift, specifically). While Kinney had more of an opportunity to gain the medical care she needed than Gift did, it goes to show that no amount of power and fortune can prevent ill health. It is a global issue.

It's a great book with a good message: help those who are less fortunate than you. A touching subject like this could be overwhelming, but, fortunately, this book is full of hope and joy and was fun to read.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Own copy

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