The book Khaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane is an autobiographical telling of his life in South Africa. In it, he is the oldest of eventually seven children in a low income family that has extremely limited resources.
His younger siblings, Florah and George, are born before the events of the story. Being just five years old, Mark doesn't understand that his mother is pregnant until later on and is confused by her growth until she gives birth to further siblings. Younger children Mariah, Merriam, Dinah, and Linah are eventually born, stretching their resources further still. While the family struggles to provide for each of the children, Mark (born Johannes) grows resentful and stressed because of all the other mouths that his parents have to feed.