• Title: The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can
  • Author: Tererai Trent Jan Spivey Gilchrist
  • ISBN: 9780670016549
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
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    The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can An inspirational picture book autobiography from Oprah Winfrey s All Time Favorite Guest This is the story of a little girl with big dreams All the girl ever wanted was an education But in Rhodesia e
    An inspirational picture book autobiography from Oprah Winfrey s All Time Favorite Guest This is the story of a little girl with big dreams.All the girl ever wanted was an education But in Rhodesia, education for girls was nearly impossible So she taught herself to read and write with her brother s schoolbooks and to count while watching cattle graze When the girl beAn inspirational picture book autobiography from Oprah Winfrey s All Time Favorite Guest This is the story of a little girl with big dreams.All the girl ever wanted was an education But in Rhodesia, education for girls was nearly impossible So she taught herself to read and write with her brother s schoolbooks and to count while watching cattle graze When the girl became a young wife and mother, she wrote her goals on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can an ancient ritual that reminded her that she couldn t give up on her dreams.She dreamed of going to America and earning one degree then a second, even higher and a third, the highest And she hoped to bring education to all the girls and boys of her village.Would her dreams ever come true Illustrated with Jan Spivey Gilchrist s graceful watercolors, Dr Tererai Trent s true story of perseverance is sure to inspire readers of all ages.

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    1. Text: 3 starsIllustrations: 3 starsTrue story of a girl from an African village who pursues an education, even though it's uncommon for girls there at the time. According to the story, she has the support of her entire family, the teacher, and most of her village. The text makes it seem as though she has very few obstacles. Dr. Trent's life may be an inspiration to others, but that is not portrayed effectively in this book. Also, it feels awkward to read an autobiography written in third-person [...]

    2. When Dr. Tererai Trent was a young girl, she wanted more than anything to go to school. A brother taught her to read, in exchange for doing his homework for him. When the teacher discovered that she wanted to learn, it was arranged that she should go to school. This is the true story of a dedicated woman, who, through education has changed the lives of the people of Zimbabwe. Her dreams were not impossible. Beautifully illustrated and well written, this picturebook biography is a good addition t [...]

    3. It was good, but I found myself wanting more. Trent's story, as written, was very linear - this happened, and then many months later this happened, and then many years later this happened. There also seemed to be a lot of luck involved - the male teacher happens to be okay with educating a girl. And how did Trent get her college acceptance letter? The book makes it seem like it happened by magic, which seems to undermine the focus on hard work and perseverance the book tries to have.I think Tere [...]

    4. Ahhh, loved this book! The illustrations help tell the story and reminded me of books I loved as a child. And the story is just so inspirational, what's a better word for "inspirational"-that's what this is. I love that Dr. Tererai Trent shared her life with us.

    5. Excellent motivational book, if you can dream it can become a reality and one person can make a difference.Great story of one's person's dream come true. Highly recommend for individuals in evolving countries especially young women and others who are told "it is imposible"

    6. This story is about a young girl growing up in Rhodesia where it was impossible for women yet alone an African American women to have an education. I loved the illustrations and the ritual she used that reminded her that she couldn't give up on her dreams. (Scraps of paper buried in a can). This is a great book to teach students to never give up no matter their race/gender. The author did a great job with conveying the meaning of never giving up. I loved how Jo Luck told her " You truly desire t [...]

    7. Last month I researched this illustrator for so I checked this out when it was displayed at the library. I wish I had liked it more. As written it felt more like a vanity project than a true-to-life story; it seems some opportunities were missed to talk about the hardships in her life and not just her successes.

    8. Absolutely compelling true story of a woman who gets out of Africa and who is academically super successful at a time when women were not. Speaks to the power of not giving up on your dream.

    9. A true story accompanied by beautiful realistic artwork about a girl overcoming a lack of allowance to her education and literacy. She makes her way to America where she earns 2 degrees and returns home to teach the African children there. Very inspirational and warm with the watercolor work.

    10. This autobiographical tale is about a young Rhodesian girl who dreamed of obtaining education and buried her goals in a can in the ground in honor of the cultural tradition in her village. Her mother told her that "Mother Earth will feed them and help them grow." And they did.The gorgeous watercolor illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist complement the narrative nicely and really help to show the emotions and humanity in those who helped to guide and shape Ms. Trent along her journey. I loved the [...]

    11. Everything is possible when you fight for it and work hard at it. For a young girl, her dream was to be allowed to learn to read and write in the African land of Zimbabwe which did not allow such frivolities for young girls.The young girl found a way and through her lifetime, changed the ways of her land in such matters.A true story, Dr. Tererai Trent wrote this picture book to inspire and uplift and show all things are possible.Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Viking.

    12. True story of a girl from now-Zimbabwe who wasn't allowed to go to school, but still dreamed of studying and learning. Eventually, she earned a doctorate from the U.S. returned to her land to continue to help and teach her people. Would be a great example of perseverance and following your dreams (and appreciating school! :)).

    13. A very inspiring biography of an African woman who dreamed of an education, despite being told that it was more important for girls to cook and clean and take care of their children. I'm not sure students would pick this up on their own, but it could be used as a classroom or library read aloud to talk about the power of education and different experiences around the world.

    14. Beautiful moving story. The fact that its a true story makes it so significant and moving. This book is a must read. I would share this book to my class to empower my girls and make all of my students thankful for the opportunities they have.

    15. A picture book memoir about how a young woman pursued her education in Zimbabwe, continued to dream of higher education, and then succeed in getting her PhD in the United States. Love the "Dear Reading" and Afterword at the end of this book along with the photographs.

    16. A moving autobiography about a little girl who grew up in Rhodesia where she taught herself to read from her brother's school books. She worked very hard and eventually gained an education in the US. It's a picture book elevated by Gilchrist's gorgeous illustrations.

    17. Universal education is more powerful than we, as Americans, realized! The quality of a public education is the mark of a nations greatness.

    18. Best of 2015. A bit clunky at times, but full of hope and worth. Great message for our children. Pictures are ok.

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