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Josias, Hold the Book

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This  Américas 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 friend Chrislove asks, "When will you join us and hold the book?" asks Chrislove. With his ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Boyds Mills Press
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Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A boy in rural Haiti has to farm and is unable to attend schools. When his crops fail to thrive it is literate friends who tell him the reason why. The English translation for education in Haitian Creole is holding the book. The boy tries to convince his parents that he is more useful to them if he can learn to read and hold the book. Great story.
Ben Swain
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-racial, youth
Josias Hold the Book, by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren, is the feel-good story of Josias, a boy in Haiti who is in charge of his family's small garden. When the beans fail to begin to grow as they usually do, Josias becomes desperate, and, after trying myriad fertilizers and more water, he resolves to seek an education so as to learn how best to grow more food for his family. The book touches on a real and visceral issue, the lack of access to education in Haiti, but does so in a light and touching ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(For my church newsletter, March 2014)

As we spend the month praying for those in other countries, I encourage you to bring your children to the church library to check out Josias, Hold the Book by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren. This picture book is a new addition to both the library at Westminster and the New Testament Mission Library, the library at the mission school in LaCroix , Haiti. The prose and beautiful watercolors tell the story of the life of a Haitian boy named Josias and the importance
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book to share with children-especially those who don't like to read or think it's a waste of time (even upper elementary). Josias is a boy who lives in rural Haiti-where many adults are still illiterate==who learns the magic and the power i reading. ...more
Lisa Ford
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 3rd grade and up and reluctant readers.
I really likes how this book depicts what many families' lives are like in Haiti. The author's note explains--Most live in rural communities and do not go to school. Because of this many adults do not read as well.

But Josias discovers that reading CAN help in being a better farmer.
Rebecca Waack
This book is about a boy whose family lives in Haiti. He farms with his family and has never gone to school. Eventually he gets to go to school to learn about new kinds of farming and how to make his garden that once was bare grow again.
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