Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Ages: 6 to 8
All Tererai ever wanted was an education. But in Zimbabwe, education for girls was hatigone—impossible. So Tererai taught herself to read and write with her brother’s schoolbooks and solved math problems while watching cattle graze. When Tererai became a wife and mother at a very young age, she wrote her goals on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can—an ancient ritual that reminded Tererai that she couldn’t give up on her dreams.
Today, Dr. Tererai Trent holds four advanced degrees and is the founder of Tererai Trent International, a charitable organization that creates educational opportunities for girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa. Tererai’s remarkable story and award-winning illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s graceful watercolors will inspire young readers everywhere.