JUNIOR LIVES: MOTHER TERESA

JUNIOR LIVES: MOTHER TERESA

ABOUT THE BOOK

Once upon a time, a young girl was taught by her mother that all people were her people. So, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu undertook an eventful journey from her home in Albania to Ireland, and finally, India. And somewhere along the way, she transformed into the beloved Mother Teresa, whose warmth and humanity moved the world.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • The first in Puffin’s Junior Lives series, a set of illustrated biographies, this one about Mother Teresa takes the reader through her childhood, her inspirations and her battles.
  • The biography is filled with little-known facts about the saint who made a remarkable difference to millions of lives.
  • Written in a simple and friendly style, and peppered with boxes filled with snippets of related information, there is plenty here to enthral a reader eager to know about various aspects of a nun’s life, the canonisation process, why the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity wear their blue-bordered saris, and more.
  • While a lot of thought has gone into the text, the same cannot be said about the illustrations. The somewhat woodcut-style illustrations fail to hit the right note and quite a few of the pictures are downright scary.
  • Mother Teresa, while inspirational, was also a controversial figure. This book glosses over that fact with a single dismissive sentence. Considering that children are mostly taught a sanitised and one-sided version of history in schools, this book missed a chance of being more than a textbook.

CONCLUSION

This biography is interesting in bits but fails to provide a balanced account of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, one that would have made young readers think for themselves.

BOOK DETAILS

Author: Sonia Mehta
Illustrator: Aditya Krishnamurthy
Language: English
Page Extent: 80 pages
Price: Rs. 150.00
ISBN: 978-0-143-42827-5
Publisher: Penguin, 2017
Subject category: Non-fiction/Biography/Series
Age-group: 9+

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