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Gift Days

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A young girl who longs to study but must run the household and look after her siblings after her mother's death gets an invaluable gift from her brother. One day a week, her brother does her chores so that she can pursue her dream of an education, just as her mother would have wanted, in this tale about overcoming obstacles.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Mariah Roze
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book that is nonfiction. My students and I had great discussions about the topic that was covered in this book. At first they said they would love to not do school, but then after reading about all her chores they decided they rather get an education.
This understated story about a young girl's desire to learn to read will tug at readers' heartstrings and remind them not to take for granted the right most of us have to go to school and become educated. After the death of her mother in Uganda, Nassali must take care of her siblings and perform essential household chores. There is no time or money for school. But thinking about their mother's goals for both of them, her brother gives her a gift. He gets up early once a week and does those chore ...more
Barbara Spurll
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Gift Days” is about overcoming obstacles. In this tale, a young girl, in spite of her determination to learn to read on her own, is only able to realize her dream through a special gift from a loved one. We learn that gifts of kindness, however small, can make a real difference in the lives of others.

Many children throughout the world, especially girls, due to circumstances beyond their control, do not have a right to an education. Kari-Lynn reminds us through her inspiring story that education
Edward Sullivan
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, africa
Wonderful, moving story about a Ugandan girl who cannot realize her dream of an education because she must care for her younger siblings until her brother gives her "gift days" that give her time to learn. An afterword explains Article 28 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and HIV/AIDS situation in Uganda.
Helaine Becker
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, moving. Important.
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Set in Uganda
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nassali wants to go to school very badly but she needs to take care of her younger sister's. One day a week her older brother helps out with her work so she is able to study. This is a delightful story of family life in Africa.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Checked this out for Girl Scouts "World Thinking Day"

Made me realize how lucky we are to obtain an education and what a difference it can make in someone's life to have knowledge as well as the confidence that comes from that. It truly is a gift to be educated.
Teaches about social interactions.
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Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning picture book author, playwright, and scholar who enjoys being in the classroom in any of these capacities. She holds a position at Brock University as an associate professor of drama-in-education and literacy. Her graduate work, which was completed at the University of British Columbia, focused on combining the arts with reading and writing.

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