Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's been 9 months since the earthquake...

Hopefully no one is forgetting the devastation caused and the crisis that is still very much occurring over in Haiti. Many of you will remember that my husband took a mission trip with our church in March, heading to Port au Prince and spending a week doing IT work, setting up internet and satellite connections for an orphanage and school. We still pray daily for those people and that country and hope that all of you have talked to your children about what happened and continue to remember the people. 

I wanted to showcase two books today, each of which I got for review a couple of weeks ago and would work very well for continuing to educate our youth (and ourselves) as to what the situation was and is over in Haiti. 

The first, Earthquake in Haiti by Miriam Aronin, is part of Bearport's "Code Red" series and features photographs of the devastating aftermath, as well as personal stories of those injured in the quake. Some of the photos are graphic (showing blood and hospital situations) and there is talk of amputations, death, and other difficult topics, but that is what the true situation does. 

Bearport always handles their non-fiction books in such a manner that you really learn things, but are not bored to death with endless facts and dry information. Lots of photos and fact boxes break up the pages and a glossary is included for a bit of vocab help. 

Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat and illustration Alix Delinois is an absolutely beautiful, fictionalized account of what a child trapped for eight days in the rubble went through. This little boy explains what he did in his mind during those eight days...from playing soccer with a friend, to teasing his sister, to trying for a solo in choir, he did not give up hope. 

The tears definitely came while I was reading through the book and looking at the magnificent, vibrant illustrations. The author caught that childlike nature of the boy, yet got deep into the emotions that he just may have been feeling. It's a beautifully done book and great for introducing young children to what may have happened to children over in Haiti. 

Check out these books and any others you can find about the disaster. Just please, do not forget simply because months have gone by. 

Earthquake in Haiti
Miriam Aronin
32 pages
Bearport Publishing
August 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Eight Days: A Story of Haiti
Edwidge Danticat
32 pages
Picture Book
Orchard Books
September 2010
Review copy received from publisher

No comments: