SOL 16: Hope

In light of the recent earthquake in Japan, I was encouraged through the book, Hope for Haiti. Jesse Joshua Watson creates hope through the after-math of the earthquake in Haiti a year ago.  He begins the book with an author’s note.  Through seeing photos of children playing soccer, a sport the author enjoys, he noticed the children were rising above the chaos and destruction. Jesse shares how he writes and illustrates the book at the Amazon link.

Hope for Haiti is a story of a young boy who plays soccer. His home is a temporary shelter made with tarps, posts and a sheet of tin. His ball is made of rags twined together with rubber bands. His joy is through playing with friends and children.  Meeting a man who encourages their youthfulness by giving them a soccer ball signed by professional, one who had been like them.  Laughter rises above the turmoil.

I hope you find books that will bring joy and hope in times of hardship and difficulty. Through sharing this book and others, children’s imaginations will allow them to rise above their circumstances and sail toward their dreams.

5 Responses to SOL 16: Hope

  1. blkdrama says:

    What a wonderful suggestion. I like Haiti one.
    THanks for the suggestion and the positive post in this time of frustration,

  2. elsie says:

    Books do send out hope,and bring us through difficult times. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. ng says:

    Thank you for the thoughtful post. I have always believed that books can save lives.I am always on the lookout for new titles to use with my students.

  4. Sprice says:

    Oh what a wonderful way to share something when everyone is thinking of this horrible disaster! I’ll look for this book to share with my class. Thanks so much for sharing! Keep slicing!

  5. the other ruth says:

    Thanks MH. This looks like another must-have, and you so thoughtfully shared why it would be an important one to share.
    Keep searching for and bringing joy to others. It’s a gift you have.

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