This post contains affiliate links. School’s back in session for us, so that means Cuddle Bug and I are delving back into the Christian Heroes series. Since Cuddle Bug wanted to study India and learn about India’s history, we chose Ida Scudder by Janet & Geoff Benge as one of our supplemental books. (We’re reading A Children’s History of India as our textbook for this unit.) We both enjoyed the book and found Scudder to be a role model for young women.
About Ida Scudder by Janet & Geoff Benge
Ida Scudder was born in India in 1870 to missionary parents. As a young girl, she remembered helping her mother feed the children of India who were starving due to a famine. The memory haunted her, and she vowed never to return to India when her family went back to the United States on furlough.
Ida grew up in boarding schools after her parents went back to India, and like many young girls, she was concerned with superficial things like her hair and clothes, etc. India was the furthest thing from her mind. . .until she got a telegram that her mother was sick and that she should come to India. She planned to stay only briefly until one fateful night changed her mind.
Scudder goes on to become a missionary in India along with many of her immediate and extended family. However, Ida’s mission is to help the women of India as a female doctor.
My Thoughts on the Book
Cuddle Bug and I both liked reading about Ida Scudder. She faced unimaginable odds, first in becoming a female physician at the turn of the century, then raising enough money to build a hospital in India. Once in India, Scudder must help the Indian people trust her so that she can help treat them and eventually train many people to become physicians in India.
I appreciated that Scudder seemed to do her missionary work by helping others rather than just preaching to them. She truly lived out her faith. We found her a role model both in her professional and personal life.
I give Ida Scudder by Janet & Geoff Benge 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
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