Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Little Princes

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan is a story that is both inspiring and interesting. I received an ARC of this book a few months ago, and knew instantly that this was a story I would enjoy. Although I still have not read Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea, Little Princes brought that book to mind, and I have since read reviews comparing the two. While I still intend to read Three Cups of Tea, I have read various reviews with a number of thoughts about this book. One is that Three Cups of Tea is rather dry and hard to get into. This is most definitely not the case with Little Princes.

Once I began reading, I instantly liked Conor Grennan. Grennan tells his story with great humor and honesty, admitting his initial reason for going to Nepal to volunteer wasn't because of his great love of children. However, after three months volunteering in an orphanage, Grennan became attached to these young children who were taken away from their families.

Although Grennan returns to the United States, he is unable to get these children out of his mind. After raising money and starting his own non-profit, Next Generation Nepal, Grennan returns to Nepal where he is eventually able to reunite some of these children with their parents.

Before reading this book, I was mostly oblivious to the tragedy befalling the children of Nepal. Grennan was able to make these children more than just a statistic, instead sharing parts of their stories and making them real. Within this book there is also a great deal of information about the country of Nepal and a way of life I knew nothing of.

Little Princes is a book that shows how the efforts of just a few can make a great and lasting impact. Because Grennan is able to show himself to be human, allowing us to see his flaws, his effort and determination to help these children should inspire everyone to want to make a difference in someone's life.


kavyen said...

I so want to read this book. I have read a few books that explain the atrocities that children in certain countries face and it always makes my heart bleed. Conor Grennan sounds like an author who has the touch of sincerity in his writings.

Wonderful Wonderful review Tina...


Shirley said...

I'm glad to read this review. This has been on my wishlist for some time now. Ever since, in fact, I saw a snippet Nate ?, who has a television show about interior decorating/help/misc., did on his program. He said there had never before been a book that kept him up all night reading. He loves the book and had an interview with the author on the show. I've read the cover and leafed through it but the more reviews I read, the more this has become a must-have book.

I found you on the blog hop and am now a follower. Looking forward to more of your reviews!

Bailey said...

Great review! I really liked this book. Conor Grennan was instantly likeable, and I loved seeing the orphanage in Nepal is making a difference.