My Heart Will Not Sit Down by Mara Rockliff


My Heart Will Not Sit Down by Mara Rockliff is a beautiful story about giving.  Kedi is a young, tenderhearted girl, who lives in a village in Cameroon, Africa in the 1930’s.   She  learns from her American teacher about the children of New York City who are going through hard times during the Great Depression.  She is moved by the stories told by her teacher about the starving children and their unemployed parents.  She tells her teacher that her “heart will not sit down,” and she has to find a way to help these children.  Kedi’s small village does not have electricity or running water.  The villagers live off of the land.  Kedi’s compassion for the children of the depression is felt by the villagers and they sacrifice  what little money they have to help the people who live across the “salt river.”   This story is inspired by true events. In 1931 the city of New York received $3.77 to feed the the hungry.  It came from the African country of Cameroon.

Kedi’s belief is that no one should ever go hungry, that belongs to the world.


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