The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can by Tererai Trent


The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can by Tererai Trent

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 organisation 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 watercolours will inspire young readers everywhere.


PRAISE FOR THE GIRL WHO BURIED HER DREAMS IN A CAN Like Malala Yousafzai's story, this picture book can lead to conversations about education around the world and the connections between literacy and freedom. Los Angeles Times Watercolor illustrations and compelling language and imagery round out this inspiring story. School Library Connection, starred review! An inspirational look at one woman s journey from ambition and vision to the reality of schooling and schools. Kirkus Reviews Lyrically described...A wonderful selection for discussing the importance of education. School Library Journal Moving...The inspiring story of how one person can overcome difficulties and make a difference. Booklist

About the Author

Dr. Tererai Trent grew up in a rural village in Rhodesia, a region now known as Zimbabwe. She is a scholar and humanitarian who travels all over the world to speak about the importance of a quality education. In 2011, she started a foundation to bring educational opportunities to children growing up in her hometown. Tererai now splits her time between central California and Zimbabwe. To find out more about her life and her foundation, Tererai Trent International, please visit

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40 pages


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Publication date

11th January 2016



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