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Browse Catalog. Too poor to go to school, she makes a meager living for herself and her grandmother Cucu by selling things she finds at the garbage dump. After using scavenged paper to fix up the inside of the hut, Safiyah starts a mural on the outside. As word of the paper house spreads, Safiyah begins to take pride in her creation. When Cucu collapses after a fire, Safiyah stays at the hospital to help care for her grandmother. While Safiyah is away, her friend Pendo works on the mural, which upsets Safiyah.
But when Pendo attracts media attention to the paper house, Safiyah and her grandmother are given a chance of a better life.
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Chapter two. Chapter three. Chapter thirteen. Chapter fourteen. Chapter seventeen. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 31, Gail Neale-Sedgeiwck added it. It is an uplifting story of a young girl and is a wonderful example of how, despite cultural differences, life for children everywhere has so many commonalities. A great read for all. Read this in one sitting. Safiyah lives in the Kibera slum in Nairobi with her Cucu grandmother who is very ill.
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This book gives a glimpse into life of a family that struggles to survive. Oct 28, Manpreet rated it really liked it. They are very poor so safiyah cant go to school but instead she goes to the dump and finds magazines she looks at all the people and inspirations in the magazine. She hopes that the magazines might help her and her grandmother have a better life. Safiyah cuts out pictures from the magazines and puts it on her hut for people to see. Sadly the place they were staying at caught on fire and Safiyah thought her grandma was in there.
Safiyah was very worried, she wandered around to go find her grandma cucu and she found her sleeping outside. After a long journey going on buses and walking miles Cucu and Safiyah found the place they were looking for and they soon found out that Safiyah could go to school with her best friend Pendo and learn how to read.
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She found someone who offered to pay for her school. She never gave up and now her and her grandma Cucu live a great life and there going back to there old village to help out the rest of the people there. It was a good book but I think that the ending could be a little more interesting. Jan 09, Monica Penthor rated it liked it Shelves: read This children's book is the story of a Safiyah, a 10 year old girl who lives in the Kibera slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.
The family has come to this place in the hope to find work after the crops in their village failed to grow and there was no food. Safiyah's mother and father have died and there is only her grandmother who is left to raise her. It is a very hopeful story.
In real life as many as half a million people live in the Kibera slum - most without running water, electricity a This children's book is the story of a Safiyah, a 10 year old girl who lives in the Kibera slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. In real life as many as half a million people live in the Kibera slum - most without running water, electricity and bathrooms.
Not all children can go to school. Serious diseases affect people in the slums. Despite the poverty people live as normal a life as they can. Tis might be the only life they will ever know.