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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.
About the Author
Edwidge Danticat is the author of many award-winning books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club pick; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award nominee; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award Winner; and Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle winner. She is also a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. Edwidge lives with her family in Miami, Florida.
Alix Delinois is a young Haitian-American artist/illustrator living and working in New York. He is the illustrator of MUHAMMAD ALI: THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION by Walter Dean Myers and MUMBET'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE by Gretchen Woelfle. Alix is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and received his Masters in Art Education from Brooklyn College. He is an art teacher in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is a beautiful and simple story. I think that this is a wonderful way to start a conversation with children about the disaster that happened in Haiti. Although there is hardship and death, this story focuses on the hope and passion of the people of Haiti.
Mom's Note: As mentioned before, Jake has a hard time with books that deal with sadness so it always affects his reviews -- nothing against the talents of the author Jake's Review: Mom this book is odd looking and I really don't get it. I did like that it was hopeful about the families that survived the earthquake, but I didn't like the fact that one of the kids died. Although I think it was nicely written for younger kids who probably won't realize that the other kid died. I don't like books like this because they are too serious and I really didn't like that a young boy died. This would be a good book for teachers to talk to us about thoughJake's Rating: 6/10Mom's Review: A beautifully simple and subtle story of the power of imagination and of hope and resiliance. I did however think the art work was a little too sophisticated for the suggested age. That is just a personal opinion and mostly based on my child's tastes. However, I do think this will be an award winner. It would be a fantastic addition to a classroom library where a teacher would have the ability to discuss Haiti and the earthquake with the childeren. I have a feeling though that unless there is some promotion of it in the classroom or the library, that the children will overlook it because of the sophisticated artwork. That being said it really is beautifully and sensitively done. You can really see the author and the illustrator's love and admiration for Haiti and its people.Mom's Rating: 8.5/10
Eight Days tells the story of Junior, Haitian boy, who was trapped under the rubble of his house after the Port-au-Prince earthquake. Junior uses memories of family times past and his imagination to keep himself occupied during the eight days leading up to his rescue. The illustrations in this book are simply beautiful. The richness of Haiti shines through the vivid colors and expressive drawings. The spirit of determination and survival are evident in this moving children's book. Eight days gives the reader a much needed positive view of Haiti and the resilience of its people.