Our Family Dinner Book Club selection for the month of August is Hope for Haiti by Jesse Joshua Watson. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, and will hopefully be a fun and interactive activity for the whole family. Head over to Growing Book by Book for some talking points to get the conversation started as well as an idea for a family service project. Then visit Sunny Day Family for a fun craft. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Hope for Haiti is a book that gives us a glimpse into Haitian life immediately following the big earthquake of 2010. The author wrote this book after “seeing photos of children playing soccer amidst the chaos.” I think this book showcases really well the joy and life that children have inside of themselves that they sometimes just can’t contain. In the book, a woman gets annoyed with the children for playing during a time of devastation. I see that happening in real life often. We need more of the joy and hope in our lives that children carry inside them.
This menu is a mixture of cultures. In the book, the boy shares a memory of having green papaya salad and a soda at a soccer game with his father. As far as I know, green papaya salad is a Thai recipe, so that is what I have down below. We do not drink soda in our house, so instead I made watermelon agua fresca, one of our favorite summer treats.
Hope for Haiti
Family Dinner Book Club
Djon Djon Rice
Shrimp boiled in Epis
Thai Green Papaya Salad
Watermelon Agua Fresca