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Kenya is a beautiful place in Africa with mountains, beautiful beaches, and winding rivers. Women came to these rivers to wash their family's clothes; animals like leopards, lions, and giraffes came to drink water. Baba and Mama, a couple from America, moved to Kenya to open a children's home. Their first house in Kenya was a brick house that only had a few small bedrooms which were not enough to keep children who needed a home. They decided to help people find clean water, something which all Kenyan homes lacked. They always had to walk long distances to find clean water.
One day someone knocked at their door and gave them a baby girl who needed a home. They took her in and named her Mercy. Slowly many babies were brought and Baba and Mama never turned away a baby who did not have a home. Their home had a lot of babies and they thought it would be nice to own a piece of land and build a home on it for the children to grow up in. The land they chose was beautiful and they knew it would be the right place for children to grow up and be loved and taken care of. Let's read Where We Found Home by Alyson L. DaCosta to learn more about Baba's and Mama's vision of a children's home and how their dedication and dream paved the way to a good home for children with lots of space to live and play, and clean drinking water.
Where We Found Home by Alyson L. DaCosta is an uplifting and inspiring story that throws light on the wonderful vision of an American couple and how they built a children's home in another country and gave children who had no homes a place to live. Mandy Petty brings the concept and the story alive with her colorful and bright illustrations and pulls young readers into the book. The story also speaks about cultural differences between America and Kenya, educating readers about Kenya and the conditions of the majority of people living there. It is a good bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents to read out to their children and also gift them during the Christmas season. It can be used in classrooms and school libraries for storytelling and read-aloud sessions to take youngsters to Kenya along with Baba and Mama.