I am so excited to share this book with you!! I think this has become Hazel's favorite book in the last few weeks. She also has informed me she wants to be Doyli and live in the middle of the Amazon with no running water or electricity. The book is Doyli to the Rescue by Cathleen Burnham.
This book is about a very compassionate and brave young lady named Doyli. Her family lives on an island in the middle of the Amazon River in Peru. She and her uncle are known in the region to take in and bring back to health orphaned monkeys. This book is about her life and how she lives. It is also shares the dangers that exist for the monkeys and that we need to begin doing something so they do not go extinct.
This story shows the love Doyli and her family have for their surroundings and the monkeys. At age ten she is already making a difference in the world. Her life is not an easy one but she seems content and happy with her baby monkeys. Her trip to school takes forty five minutes most days and includes two canoe rides where the water contains flesh eating piranhas and caiman, walking over a log and journeying through the jungle alone. Yet she and her classmates know they are lucky to go to school since many kids in their region do not have schools and/or teachers. I love how this story is about a young woman who is a hero and doing something to change the world. It is an eye opener for kids like my daughter who do not realize how others really live.
When Hazel told me she wanted to be Doyli we talked about the harder parts of Doyli's life and Hazel thought the monkeys would make up for all of those. I hope you will take the time to check out Doyli's story. This book is amazing and shares life in another part of the world from us.
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