Circles of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams


Circles of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams

Everyone brought a gift for baby Lucfa. Facile sat high up in his mango tree and watched. It was the only tree on the whole dusty mountaintop. Papa had planted it for him when he was born. A strong tree protects its timoun, Papa said. Young Facile wants to plant a tree in honor of his new baby sister, but he faces many obstacles. The first seed he plants is eaten by a goat, the second seed is washed away in a storm, and another seed is burnt by a scrub fire. Will Facile ever be able to plant a tree that will grow strong for baby Lucia?In this story of determination, faith, and love, author Karen Lynn Williams introduces readers to the realities of rural life in the mountains of Haiti. Imbued with brilliant colors, expressive characters, and vivid landscapes, Linda Saport's illustrations capture the indomitable spirit of hope.


AWARDS and RECOGNITIONSSociety of Illustrators, The Original Art Annual Exhibition (2005)ReadBoston, Best Read Aloud Book, runner-up (2005)Green Earth Book Award, Honorable Mention, Children's Books (2006)Skipping Stones Magazine, Skipping Stones Honor Award (2006)Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year (2006)Peace Corps Writers Association, Best Children's Writing (2006)REVIEWS Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A story of sibling love and responsibility, written without didacticism or sentimentalism. Publishers Weekly

This heartfelt story is supplemented by a glossary of Creole words and an author's note explaining the Haitian custom of planting a fruit tree at the birth of a child. The vibrant charcoal-and-pastel full-spread illustrations are rich with color and add an exotic, dreamlike quality to the story. . . [A] hopeful tale of family unity.

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32 pages


Karen Lynn Williams
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Publication date

1st April 2011



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