Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Mimi’s Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It

Bibliographic Information:  Milway, K. S., & Fernandes, E. (2012). Mimi’s village: And how basic health care transformed it.  Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd.

Reading Level: 980L

Synopsis:  Dirty water, malaria and many other illnesses can be deadly when living in a tiny village with limited medical care. Mimi’s sister begins to feel sick from drinking untreated water and the family must travel away from the village to get her medical attention. At the health clinic her family gets vaccinations, information on how to stay healthy, and the idea to build a clinic for Mimi’s village!

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This would be a great multi-cultural text to read and have students discuss what they think the central message or lesson is.  Once identifying the central message, the importance of health care around the world, students could make awareness posters to display around the school to demonstrate their understanding.

Common Core Connection:

  • RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • RL.3.2 :Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
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This entry was posted on June 17, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , , .

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