Bonyo Bonyo

A True Story of a Brave Boy from Kenya

By Vanita Oelschlager; Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator); Mike Blanc (Illustrator)
(Vanita Books, Paperback, 9780981971445, 42pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
“Since the death of his much-loved infant sister, Bonyo Bonyo dreamed of leaving his Kenyan village to get an education, and coming back as a doctor to save the lives of other children. This is a children's book at its best: memorable story, strong illustrations and a theme each child can take to heart.”
-- Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA


Bonyo Bonyo is a true story about how a Kenyan boy's courage and determination, along with critical support from family and strangers, helped him live out his dream of becoming a physician. Pursuing his goal forces him to leave his family and ultimately his country. But years later he is able to return as a doctor with the resources to build a much-needed clinic.

Bonyo's story is full of wonderful core values: individual determination, growth through loss and pain, willingness of others to help us reach goals, the benefits of giving back. Intended for 4-8 year olds, ones who are old enough to understand how hard it would be to leave your family just so you can continue to go to school.

Vanita Oelschlager wrote this book after interviewing Dr. Bonyo Bonyo. Dr. Bonyo Bonyo practices family medicine in Akron, Ohio. He tells each patient that they are family to him.

About the Author

Mike Blanc is a life-long professional artist. His artwork has illuminated countless publications for both corporate and public interests, worldwide. Mike contributes creative direction and illustration to VanitaBooks. He lives with his wife, Gail, in sunny Doylestown, Ohio. They enjoy their four children, and five grandkids.

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