Eight Days: A Story of Haiti
Hope comes alive in this heartfelt and deeply resonating story.
While Junior is trapped for 8 days beneath his collapsed house after an earthquake, he uses his imagination for comfort. Drawing on beautiful, everyday-life memories, Junior paints a sparkling picture of Haiti for each of those days--flying kites with his best friend or racing his sister around St. Marc's Square--helping him through the tragedy until he is finally rescued.
Love and hope dance across each page--granting us a way to talk about resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat tells the fictional tale of a young man trapped beneath rubble for eight days following the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Bold acrylic and pastel crayon illustrations reveal the rhythms and vibrancy of Haitian culture at its best. Both author and illustrator hail from Haiti and their passion for the culture leaps from the page. They have provided an ideal way to discuss this disaster with children and to help them identify with others around the world.
Although the conclusion feels abrupt and unfinished, the book is still well done. A fine testament to the human spirit.
Includes an Authors Note explaining the storys origins.