Muthini lives in Kenya with his grandmother and eight of his cousins. Born with missing fingers, Muthini’s mother gives him his name, which means “suffering,” before she leaves him with his grandmother. Adults and children in the village tease Muthini about not having ten fingers but his grandmother explains that some people are born with more than others, like he was born with a bigger heart, a clearer head, and a greater spirit than others. One day, Muthini’s grandmother explains to him that she is very old and is having trouble caring for his eight cousins, all of whom are older than Muthini, so Muthini and his grandmother travel to a home that cares for orphans. Muthini’s grandmother introduces him to Gabriel, the man who manages the home, and asks Gabriel if Muthini can live there. As they shake hands, Gabriel examines Muthini’s hands and asks why he has a name that means “suffering.” Gabriel says that there is no room for “suffering” in their home but there is always room for a “blessing,” thus encouraging Muthini to change his name to Baraka, meaning “blessing.” The book is based on a true story about the real-life Baraka, which is explained at the end of the book. This beautifully illustrated story has a nice message about empathy and the importance of getting to know someone beyond their physical appearance. This story is as much about Baraka’s and his grandmother’s survival as it is about Baraka’s disability, so while this book is recommended, adults should be prepared to discuss the various layers contained this story.