Haiti Treasure Quest (Tiny Travelers) – Steven Wolfe Pereira & Susie Jaramillo, Encantos, 9781945635922, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? I have never read a nonfiction picture book that made me feel this proud to be Haitian American. Growing up I never had books on my shelves that explored Haitian history and culture. It was not until my adulthood and seeking books for my toddler son that I explored the diversity in books representing Haitian culture. This book intended to be part of a series to show children that the world is massive and fun to explore. It starts out with a map of Haiti that shows where the island of Hispaniola is located in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. This two page layout also includes quick facts about the capital, main language, currency, population and world population rank. The following pages journey through different parts of Haiti highlighting the historical facts and culture of the country. On each page the authors write out the pronunciation of different Haitian creole words. The two page layout that highlights the different Haitian foods is my favorite set of pages. The illustrations are the best I have ever seen. They are digitized but yet so full of color and details. They have a layout of Bassin Bleu which is a beautiful waterfall tucked in the rainforest. The blue hues are beautiful in the book and really have made me excited about one day visiting Haiti again to go to all the places mentioned in the book. This book showcased my homeland in a way that was uplifting and yet packed with fun facts that I didn’t even know!
Anything you did not like about the book? No, I will be buying this book for every Haitian child in my life.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is for every Haitian child learning about their cultural heritage. It is perfect for children ages 2 and up. It is also great for all children learning about different countries.
Who should buy this book? Daycares, Early learning centers and elementary schools
Where would you shelve it? 972.94
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: 07/01/2021