Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review: Hope Springs by Eric Walters

Hope Springs
By Eric Walters
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: Sept. 9, 2014
ISBN: 978-1770495302

Amazon Synopsis:

Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: 1 - 4
A drought has settled in the area around the orphanage where Boniface lives. There are long line-ups at the tiny spring where all the local people get their water, and suddenly the orphans are pushed to the back of the line, unwelcome. Boniface's houseparent, Henry, tells him that the people were mean out of fear--they feared there would not be enough water for their families. When the building of the orphanage's well is completed, Boniface has an idea to help the villagers. A lovely story of kindness and heart, this story shows that, through compassion and understanding, true generosity can spring from unexpected places.

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My Thoughts:

Boniface and his twin brother live in Kenya in an orphanage where there is a drought. The local people in the area gets their water from small spring where water slowly seeps up from the ground. One of the women waiting in the long line up for water pushes Boniface and the other orphans out of the way and tells them they are unwelcome.

At the orphanage they are building a well. Once they finally reach water, there is finally enough for all the children and the crops and animals there. Boniface asks his houseparent if they can help the people in the valley to build a well so they also have enough water too.

I loved this story because it is based on real events and real people. At the back of the book there is the story and photographs of the actual people and orphanage where it all took place. The young boy Boniface repaid the villagewoman’s fear with compassion, understanding and kindness. The village in the valley now has enough water for everyone and all the livestock as well.

The illustrations are beautifully drawn. I thought the story was well-told without sounding like the author was trying to pull on the heart-strings. This story brings to light the situation that others live in, in other places in the world.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers who provided an early review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

A former social worker and elementary school teacher, Eric Walters wrote his first novel, Stand Your Ground, in 1993. Since then he has written more than ninety books for children and young adults that together have won over a hundred awards. In conjunction with his writing, Eric talks to tens of thousands of students in schools and libraries across the country each year. He also founded and runs the Creation of Hope (, an organization dedicated to providing care for orphans in the rural Mbooni district in Kenya. Eric has three grown children. He lives with his wife in Mississauga, Ontario.

The majority of Eric's time is spent in the company of his wife, children and dogs (Lola a big standard poodle and a little white dog named Winnie The Poodle).

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