Thursday, January 10, 2013

I Came From The Water by Vanita Oelschlager

Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a touching story young Moses. No, not the one from the Bible, yet, one with a vaguely similar story. This young man survived a flood by being put in a basket. He lost everything, yet grew up in an orphanage, happy. During this story his life, he experienced another flood and an earthquake. Yet, remained even to this day, happy.

I encourage you to read "I Came From The Water" by Vanita Oelschlager for an uplifting story of overcoming tragedy and remaining strong in the process.

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: I Came From The Water
Author: Vanita Oelschlager                                                                  Illustrator: Mike Blanc

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Vanita Books (September 1, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages level:
Genre: Non-fiction picture book
ISBN: 978-0983290445

Book Theme:
Survival, floods, Haiti, orphans, over coming bad situations.

Book Summary
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 lit- erally 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 surround- ing area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parentless 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-support- ing 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.

For an inside look at the book, three spreads

Activity Adventures:

Find Haiti on a globe. Do a cultural study on the island.
Here's a link for Haiti's flag on Enchanted Learning

Authors Arena

Meet the Author
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,
former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her
husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

Mike Blanc is a life-long professional artist. His artwork has illuminated countless publications for both corporate and public interests, worldwide. Mike contributes creative direction and illustration to VanitaBooks. He lives with his wife, Gail, in sunny Doylestown, Ohio. They enjoy their four children, and five grandkids.

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