{I Came from the Water: Vanita Oelschlager}

{I Came from the Water: Vanita Oelschlager}

{Synopsis} – The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was literally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by whom we believe was his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene’s. The title is Moses’ reply to the author when she asked where he is from.

After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Port-au-Prince and much of the surrounding area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parent-less boys and girls. Moses helped these children adapt to their new lives and in so doing displays a fearless hope and determination that may lead to Haiti’s renewal as a self-supporting nation.
St. Helene’s orphanage is run by Father Rick Frechette known globally for his dedication to improving the lives of poor children across Latin America.

Net profits from I Came From the Water will go to support St. Helene’s and Father Rick’s efforts to help rebuild Haiti by offering a safe place to live and a free education for children like Moses.

{My thoughts} – This book is a illustrated remake of the Bible story with “Moses in the Basket” plus it is about all the good and bad that happens to children in other countries. It helps young readers to understand that not everyone in the world has things as good as everyone else, however most make due with what they have. There is always a bright side to every dark side in a sense. I really like this book because it speaks of the truth and the author wasn’t afraid to add in religion. I haven’t seen many children’s books with Religion like aspects involved lately. This book is nicely illustrated and remarkably written.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.


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