Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Review- Hope Is An Open Heart & Eight Days, A Story of Haiti

These newly released books are fantastic for kids of all ages to read. They are heart warming and encouraging, and will leave a lasting impression of hope and courage with those who read them.

By Lauren Thompson
Published by Scholastic
Released on September 1st, 2010
Source- Scholastic
5 stars- A Wonderful Read

Hope is a heart that is open to the world around you. Hope is knowing that things change-and that we can help things to change for the better.

Wanting to help her son cope with the after math of the September 11th attacks, Lauren Thompson wrote an inspiring book about Hope. With simple, yet powerful words, young readers will be able to understand the verifying degrees of Hope. Filled with pictures from around the world, Lauren captures hope in various degrees including those who survived Hurricane Katrina, those who gathered as families during the 2007 elections in East Timor, to surviors of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

This is a moving, powerful, read that is a perfect addition for elementary school class rooms, libraries and at home. This book will be a great tool in helping Children cope with the things around them, and help them find the Hope that lies within them.

My favorite quote from the books is: "Hope is a heart that is open to the world around. Hope is knowing that things change-and that we can help things to change for the better."

This edition is part of the Help for Haiti/ Save The Children organization.

By Edwidge Danticat
Illustrated by Alix Delinois
Published by Orchard Books
Released on September 1st, 2010
Received by Scholastic
5 Stars- A Fantastic Story of Courage & Survival

Through simple, surprising language and vibrant artwork, hope comes alive in this tribute to the beauty of Haiti and it's children.

Highly acclaimed author Edwidge Danicat elegantly tells us the story of Junior, a seven year old boy trapped beneath his house after the Port-au-Prince earthquake, and his joyous rescue. Junior's sparkling imagination help s him find the strength to survive. And his courageous sprit will forever inspired readers of all ages.

What an inspiring, uplifting book about survival and courage. The vibrant illustrations to this story are so stunning and captivating. Edwidge Danticat did a wonderful job at crafting a story about a courageous little boy who survived being stuck under the rubble of his house for 8 days after the Haiti earthquake. This little guy is a true survivor, as he tells his story and what he did each day he was stuck under the rubble.

It's a touching story with a wonderful tribute to the vibrant, resilient spirit of Haiti.

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