Book Review: When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read by Pamela Bitterman

Book Details:

File Size: 4308 KB
Print Length: 38 pages
Publisher: eBookIt.com
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

No one knows the story of Kenya better than the children who live it. I had the opportunity to travel to this country and become immersed with the families there. The result is a 1500-word nonfiction picture book titled, When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read: A Story of Hope and Friendship for One Young Kenyan Orphan. This true story of one little boy is told in his own words. While there are many books about Africa on the market, none are told from a child’s point of view like this one.

The children from the village created the book’s illustrations. I asked these students to draw what represented family, love, happiness, sadness, fear and hope for them. I have powerful photographs of the children, the school, the village and the countryside, the hospital, the mobile clinic and orphan program. It is this truth that is certain to nudge the hearts and minds of parents, teachers and children everywhere.

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Book Spotlight: Pamela Bitterman Author of Sailing to the Far Horizon, Muzungu, and When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read

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Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Duration: 30 minutes

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BOOK SUMMARIES

Sailing to the Far Horizon: The Restless Journey and Tragic Sinking of a Tall Ship

Autobiographical Master-and-Commander-meets-A-Perfect-Storm tale features adventure, quirky characters, and tragedyWhen Pam Bitterman talks of her experiences on the adventurous but ill-fated Sofia in her late twenties, you can hear that this is a story she feels she can’t keep to herself. Lucky for us, she hasn’t, because the result is a book in a class by itself.

Bitterman joined the crew of the old-fashioned tall ship to see the world and to prove to herself she could handle it. In the end, she also got a grim sort of “growth experience” she hadn’t bargained for, when the Sofia sank during a storm off New Zealand.

And so Bitterman came away with not only a plethora of fascinating tales of world exploration and personal dynamics, but also the wisdom of one who has truly grown through adversity.

Muzungu

Muzungu, the Swahili word for white folk, translated literally means “confused person wandering about.” During the author’s months working and traveling through Kenya, this description fits her to a tee. Her audacious Kenyan adventure makes for a bucket load of anecdotes and impressions born of heart and hands-on experience.

When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read: A Story of Hope and Friendship for One Young Kenyan Orphan

No one knows the story of Kenya better than the children who live it. Pamela Bitterman had the opportunity to travel to this country and become immersed with the families there. The result is a 1500-word nonfiction children’s picture book containing over 70 unique and original color images. This true story of one little boy is told in his own words.

AUTHOR BIO

Pam Bitterman is an explorer in every sense of the word, she has been a mediator, a teacher of maritime history and seamanship at the San Diego Maritime Museum, a devoted mother, and much more. She sailed for many years of her life. The incredible story of her first voyages, those on the tall ship Sofia, was burning inside her for nearly three decades, and as she raised her family, she pursued the writing of this book, her first.

LINKS TO PAMELA BITTERMAN

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Pamela Bitterman’s books are available at the following online locations:

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

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