Today Is the Day

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Fernandes, Eugenie
By (author): Walters, Eric
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Africa
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: October 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 10.81in x 8.63in x 0.41in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Mutanu is excited. As she goes about her chores, she thinks about the day to come and what surprises it might bring. For today is no ordinary day at the orphanage she lives in. Every year, the orphanage honors its newest arrivals by creating a birthday day especially for them. From that moment forward, the orphans have a day that they know is theirs--a day to celebrate, a day to enjoy, a day to remember. And today is the day! 

     Based on real children in an orphanage in Kenya, this lovely story shows how something as simple as a birthday, something most of us take for granted, can mean so much in another part of the world.
Review Quote*PRAISE FOR My Name Is Blessing:
"This expressive picture book, based on a real family, lovingly tells a hard story with a twist. It's difficult to broach poverty, disability and custody issues in so few pages without sounding maudlin, but Walters manages by speaking simply.... With dignity and quiet acceptance, this story illustrates that blessings, like family, can take unexpected forms." - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

"Lyrical language is matched by expressive acrylic illustrations that capture the emotional text." -School Library Journal
Biographical NoteA former social worker and elementary school teacher, Eric Walters wrote his first novel, Stand Your Ground, in 1993. Since then he has written more than ninety books for children and young adults that together have won over a hundred awards. In conjunction with his writing, Eric talks to tens of thousands of students in schools and libraries across the country each year. He also founded and runs the Creation of Hope (, an organization dedicated to providing care for orphans in the rural Mbooni district in Kenya. Eric has three grown children. He lives with his wife in Mississauga, Ontario.

Award-winning illustrator Eugenie Fernandes has written and illustrated more than 20 of her own books, and has created the art for more 60 other picture books. Her father was a well-known comic-book illustrator, and as a child, Eugenie spent many hours drawing at a desk right next to his. The whole Fernandes family has a flair for the creative: Eugenie's husband and their two children are also artists. Eugenie lives with her husband beside a lake near Peterborough, Ontario.