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Josias, Hold the Book
     

Josias, Hold the Book

by Jennifer Elvgren, Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator)
 

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This Am\u00e9ricas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature winner about a Haitian boy determined to make his garden grow is brought to life through luminous watercolor illustrations. Every morning Josias is hard at work in the family's garden under the hot Haitian sun. His riend Chrislove asks, "When will you join us and hold the

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This Am\u00e9ricas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature winner about a Haitian boy determined to make his garden grow is brought to life through luminous watercolor illustrations. Every morning Josias is hard at work in the family's garden under the hot Haitian sun. His riend Chrislove asks, "When will you join us and hold the book?" asks Chrislove. With his garden is failing, Josias has no time to learn how to read and write. There may not be enough food for his family. Soon, Josias realizes a book might hold the solution to his problem.

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"A matter-of-fact snapshot of rural Haitian life. . . . An author's note gives a detailed account of why rural Haitians often don't attend school and of a typical primary-school day." --School Library Journal

"U.S. readers will get insight into a different culture, where poverty holds people back and schooling is a privilege - one that can make all the difference." --Booklist

"A terrific book to use as a springboard for reading motivation as well as for Social Studies." --Library Media Connection

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590783184
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren has been published in Ladybug and Highlights for Children. She sponsors children through the Baptist Haiti Mission. She lives in Albemarle County, Virginia, with her husband and young children.

Nicole Tadgell has illustrated a number of books, including Fatuma's New Cloth, winner of the Children's Africana Book Award. She works as a graphic artist for an advertising agency and lives in Spencer, Massachusetts, with her husband and two dogs.

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