I like the choice of present tense to tell a very old story, brining it alive. Certainly a more interesting way to learn history. I love the use of three words to sum up each stage of his life and the way he consumes those words each time is a very clever match as well. I don't have anything much to provide in the way of editing, you've done an amazing job. Well done. Simply for the sake of giving you somethings to mull over I'll make some suggestions. I'm not sure with NF books written in narrative style, but I know that generally in narrative fiction two digit numbers are usually spelled out e.g. Thirty-four rather than 34. That sentence too, seems rather long, perhaps break at 'drinks them in'. The next sentence could then possibly start, 'He fills himself...' Depending on the age group, 'His mother didn't' might be another possibility instead of 'His mother died.' A little softer, less jarring both emotionally and even literally I think. Good luck with all future edits and submissions.