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Eight Days: A Story of Haiti Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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The story begins with 7 yr old Junior being pulled from the rubble eight days after the earthquake. Though Junior's body was trapped his mind was free, and each day he did something new. Junior tells the people assembled at his rescue what he did on each day.
Junior is having fun most days with best friend Oscar or his sister Justine. Though on the 5th day Oscar went to sleep and never woke up. "That was the day I cried"
I was touched by that line. Its not often boys are seen crying in books. I think Eight Days is quietly beautiful. Its also gorgeous. Delinois illustrations are simply wonderful. The colors are Haiti.
The note from the author in the back, is a must read for adults.
The earthquake on January 12, 2010, dramatically change their lives. Many watched loved ones die. Others, like Junior, were stuck in the rubble of their homes and were rescued several days later. Yet in spite of everything, Haiti's children still dream. They laugh. They live. They love."
There's so much more, including the fact that nearly half of Haiti's population is under fifteen. Danticat wrote Eight Days for the children. Though adults will take something away from it as well. Eight Days will touch your heart.
Scholastic the publishers of Eight Days are donating $10,000 to the International Rescue Committe (IRC).
Junior imagines that he does different things during his eight day entrapment. On the first day, he imagines that he and his friends fly kites. "On the second day Oscar and I played hide and seek. We hid in the dark, dusty corner, of the house. And not only did Manman and Justine come looking for us, but Papa did, too." On the third day, Junior "visits" his parent's jobs and experiences what they do for money. On day four, he sings a beautiful solo in his class. Day five brings soccer and sports that he loves, followed by a bitter sweet goodbye. Rain was brought by day six, and day seven taught Junior that winning isn't always what is important. Finally, on day eight Junior was rescued and reunited with his family in front of news crews and rescuers. Junior's imagination, energy, playful side, and responsible nature all emerge on different days, while he was buried underneath the wreckage of his fallen home, which shows the resiliency of the Haitian people.
The author, Edwidge Danticat, describes a Haitian's life and family bonds (as only a Haitian can) with descriptive words that children can understand, while using some of the native Haitian language like "Alarive!" (or surprise!).Read more ›
I recommend anything she has written!
How often does news of natural disaster cause a knot in your stomach and a lump in your throat? Do you wonder how such global challenges affect children? Can you comprehend the anxiety felt by child survivors, like the Haitian children who worried for their families and loved ones after the January 12, 2010 earthquake? Edwidge Danticat could. Her own five-year-old had questions. Danticat wanted her daughter and other children to know that hope, memories, and imagination can survive disaster. That's why she wrote Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.
Danticat wrote about struggle, determination, and loss through a small survivor named Junior. Through this creative format, kids can understand and accept, without feeling overwhelmed by sadness or despair. Alix Delinois' beautiful, bright, colorful illustrations keep Haiti and its culture alive as it was and can be again.
Power in a picture book: If you want to assure children or yourself that it's okay to talk about sad things--and that perseverance, empathy, and compassion can overcome tragic circumstances, look no further than Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.
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A charming story about the experience of one of the children who survived the Haiti Earthquake of 2010. Both the author and illustrator were actually born in Haiti.Published 3 months ago by Hawk Shaw
I love "Eight Days" because unlike many picture books about Haiti, it shows the fun and joy that is part of many Haitian children's lives, even in the midst of very difficult... Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Ruby
Great illustrations. A great book for young Haitian's to learn about the tragic event ... maybe their first history book.
I was disappointed that it wasn't a true story!
This is a Nice picture book for a little children........I will not rate this story book for a big audience.Published on February 16, 2013 by b.b.seymour
I originally bought this book for me, I am a fan of the author, and ended up giving it to my niece. I must admit I did not read the reviews or description well enough to realize it... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Louisa St Hubert