Hardcover / 40 Pages / 6-8 years
Viking Books for Young Readers
Release date: 6 Oct 2015
ISBN 9780670016549

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can

by Tererai Trent

Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist

FORMAT: Hardcover
PRICE: $17.99
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Released: October 6, 2015

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Praise & Reviews 

**** Recommended for Black History Month ****
“The watercolors beautifully illustrate the text… Kids who devote their attention here will be inspired by this tale of a steadfast young girl from Rhodesia who changed the world.”
—USA Today, also syndicated in the Chicago Sunday Sun-Times and the Cincinnati Enquirer

“Like Malala Yousafzai’s story, this picture book can lead to conversations about education around the world and the connections between literacy and freedom.”

“This powerful, well-told story of education and achievable dreams is the author’s true experience. Watercolor illustrations and compelling language and imagery round out this inspiring story. “
—School Library Connection **** Highly Recommended – STARRED REVIEW ****

“An inspirational look at one woman’s journey from ambition and vision to the reality of schooling and schools.”
—Kirkus Reviews 

A wonderful selection for discussing the importance of education.” —School Library Journal

“The inspiring story of how one person can overcome difficulties and make a difference.” —Booklist


This is the story of a little girl with big dreams.

All the girl ever wanted was an education. But in Rhodesia, education for girls was nearly impossible. So she taught herself to read and write with her brother’s schoolbooks and to count while watching cattle graze.

When the girl became a young wife and mother, she wrote her goals on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can—an ancient ritual that reminded her that she couldn’t give up on her dreams.

She dreamed of going to America and earning one degree; then a second, even higher; and a third, the highest. And she hoped to bring education to all the girls and boys of her village.

Would her dreams ever come true?

Illustrated with Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s graceful watercolors, Dr. Tererai Trent’s true story of perseverance is sure to inspire readers of all ages.