April 9, 2010
Circles of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams
by Karen Lynn Williams
This isn’t specifically an Earth Day book, but it is a story of caring and sharing and growth with a clear environmental/conservation message. It was also the first book I thought of when I contemplated a post in honor of Earth Day.
More than anything, Facile wants to grow a tree for his baby sister. Unfortunately, they live in poverty stricken Haiti (pre-earthquake Haiti). One calamity after another befalls the seedlings but Facile is determined. After all, Haitian tradition says the tree will keep his sick sister safe as well as give his family shade and fruit. At last Facile discovers a solution and the tree thrives and is later joined by other trees.
Illustrator Linda Saport created charcoal and pastel illustrations that reflect the strength and determination of Facile and the Haitian people. This is definitely an uplifting story of determination and hope for the future.
Share it with a young reader in your life!