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I Came From the Water: One Haitian Boy's Incredible Tale of Survival Paperback – September 1, 2012
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K-Gr 2-Readers meet Moses when he is just a baby and his family is swept away in a flood. Safe and snug in a basket, he is set adrift on the raging river. Eventually he is rescued and begins his life anew in a children's village, where he is given his biblical name. Years later, an earthquake devastates Haiti, and then another hurricane brings floods and cholera. Through it all, Moses's narration remains upbeat. The story becomes slightly disjointed at the end when the child says, "I want to help make Haiti strong so rains, cholera, and earthquakes won't take our parents and sisters and brothers away to Heaven anymore." Then on the next page he says, "When we go for a ride in town sometimes I jump on a tap-tap." In the end, Moses says, "Haiti is very beautiful. I love my Haiti." This is a wonderful sentiment, but except for the multitude of disasters it has suffered lately and the outpouring of support it has received from the world, there is little of Haiti in this title; instead, it highlights the valuable work of Father Rick Frechetti and the sisters who cared for the youngsters in the children's village they set up. The illustrations are full of movement, bright colors, and, in the palm trees, fruit stands, architecture, and painted buses, glimpses of the country shine through. End pages include an interview with Moses and full-color photos of the relief workers and some of the destruction to the island. Overall, a nice addition to collections needing titles on charitable works.-Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The story is beautifully told and illustrated, as is usual when Mike Blanc is the illustrator - he’s definitely one of my favourite illustrators of children’s books now!
Ten percent of the profits from sales of the book will help continue to help fund the orphanage which is run by Father Rick Frechette and offers a safe home and free education to children like Moses.
A fantastic book, relating a true story and raising funds to support the orphanage - spreading the word about their great work and the plight of the children separated by the floods and earthquake from family and friends. Parents and educators could easily use this book to help the children in their care realise that others are not as fortunate and develop their awareness of the impact of tragedies around the world on other children.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I obtained a copy of this book from Net Galley and have left an honest review.
The publisher has listed I Came From the Water for children ages 4-8, but I admit I chose not to read it to my very sensitive, just-turned 4-year-old... not yet. (It was one of those "know your child" moments; I'm glad I read the book on my own first.) Moses's story - a moving and true story - involves a number of difficult and terrifying topics: surviving major natural disasters, losing parents or other family members, and fighting disease due to poor water and sanitation conditions.
Vanita Oelschlager handles these themes in an amazingly sensitive and child-friendly manner. She also points out all the people who help others cope and rebuild - including how children join in to help. The final pages contain a bit of background info on Moses; photographs of others who appear in his story; brief, age-appropriate historical information about the disasters; as well as a map of Haiti, illustrated by Blanc.
Compelling and unique, I Came From the Water is the perfect book to supplement geography and social studies learning at school or at home.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Written by Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrated by Mike Blanc
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