Torina's World: A Child's Life in Madagascar-Joni Kabana
The children in Madagascar rejoice in life's natural gifts--singing, working in the fields, helping their parents, and playing with lizards. Divided into three sections: "We Live!", "We Grow!" and "We Feel!", Torina's World:A Child's Life in Madagascar offers a glimpse into daily life in a Malagasy village, and encourages children in Western cultures to examine and reflect on life in a developing country. Ten years ago, author and photographer Joni Kabana spent a month in Madagascar. Her intention was to bring back images for her children showing how other children live. Torina, an eight-year-old Malagasy girl, acted as Joni's guide into this world. Back home, Joni's nine-year-old son, Benjamin Opsahl, helped edit the images and added simple, yet rofound text that will engage readers across the world. Torina is now eighteen, still living with her parents and six brothers. She would like to further her education, but is hindered by a lack of resources, thus a portion of the proceeds from book sales will provide funding for her education as well other educational activities in Madagascar.