I fully admit that I chose Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepalby Conor Grennan because I like the pretty blueness of it. Really, lately blue has become my favorite color and I am drawn to all shades of it.
Let me just say that I am so glad this book had a blue cover, because I loved it! The book, that is, not the cover. Well, I love the cover too. Okay, I’m making this much more complicated than it should be.
As the title says, this is the story of One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. Sometimes these kind of, I-just-went-and-did-something-wonderful-for-the-world books, end up being written by people who are much too full of themselves. Sometimes it seems like they’ve gone off to help others, simply so they can tell us how wonderful they are, all the sacrifices that they made. Not so with this book.
As a matter of fact, Conor begins by explaining that he actually just wanted to go off on a year long adventure exploring the globe, but that sounded so pretentious, that he tossed in some volunteer work to make it sound more noble. His volunteer work was a three-month stint at an orphanage in Nepal.
This three-month stint opened his eyes to the reality that these children faced everyday. He writes about the experiences, the playfulness of these children who have been through so much. The food that he eats, the living conditions. His writing is wonderful, simple and sincere.
When, he finishes his stint, he can’t get the children out of his mind. What turned out to be a way to justify a traveling excursion, has become a part of his life. He sets up a non-profit organization called Next Generation Nepal (NGN) to reconnect trafficked children with their families, and he returns to Nepal.
A truly memorable and fascinating read from a truly memorable and fascinating individual.
For more information: Conor Grennan’s Website, Next Generation Nepal.
I received this book to review from TLC Book Tours, all opinions are my own.