Sunday, April 15, 2018

Neema's Reason To Smile Review

Title: Neema's Reason To Smile
ISBN: 9781682655849
 Author: Patricia Newman
Price: $17.95 | 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Literature
Available at Lightswitch Learning on May 1, 2018

Neema’s is full of big dreams, like becoming a scientist, an inventor, or a teacher.

Neema’s Reason to Smile is the story of Neema, a young Kenyan girl who dreams of one day being able to afford to go to school. Slowly, and with great purpose, Neema makes a plan to save money in her dream basket and make her dream come true. One day, a mysterious young girl skips down the street wearing a red skirt and white shirt. Soon, she guides Neema all the way to a new school.

Author Patricia Newman’s award-winning books show kids how their actions can ripple around the world. With titles such as Neema’s Reason to Smile; Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Sea Otter Heroes; and Plastic, Ahoy!, she hopes to empower kids to think about the adults they’d like to become.


I love kid’s books. They almost always come with a message. This message might be in the form of a lesson, it might be wisdom or advice for day to day issues that arise. The book; Neema’s Reason to Smile, delivers both perspective and a lesson. The perspective is how it feels to be impoverished to the extent that something as seemingly basic as school is a dream that she thinks about every day. The lesson is that if you pursue your dreams, you can achieve them no matter how unlikely it seems to be. 

A lot of children would benefit from hearing stories like this. In a country like America, it is very easy to take for granted things that other countries don’t have. Things like free school are available, even required for kids, but other things we don’t tend to think about are also provided. These things include, meals, transportation, and learning materials. Not all of this is free, but if you cannot afford something, there is always a program to eliminate or reduce the cost. 

Neema, the main character of the story, only wishes to learn. She wants more for herself, more for her family, she wants to grow up and be somebody someday. She and her mother keep “Dream Money” in a basket to pay for her school supplies. The school is free, but the supplies are not. She and her mother have no extra money outside of the Dream Basket, things like paper and pens are expensive. However, they put their extra money in the basket and in hopes of achieving Neema’s enrollment in school. Against all odds, they work toward the goal and frequently dream about what Neema might become. 

Eventually, Neema follows a girl and enters the school. Her dream gets realized and the story ends. The message of achieving goals is true and valuable. This book is a nice story that helps our little ones appreciate what they have and work toward their dreams. 

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