What do you really know about how coffee is grown and made, especially organic and free-trade? This Julia Alvarez book with wonderful woodcuts by Belkis Ramirez tells the story.
Joe, a lonely teacher in Nebraska, takes a vacation in the Dominican Republic, and his life changes for the better. He becomes a farmer again, helps the natives increase their holdings, and teaches them to read.
They, in turn, show him that life can be interesting again.
This book can be read by young people wanting to find out volunteer work and fair trade. Adults learn more about how local issues elsewhere can be changed far away and the effects of agribusiness on local economies.
The only fault that I find is that there is no glossary for some of the Spanish phrases. Some words are paraphrased in English, but some aren't. I don't know the meanings of some of the words, because they are Spanish spoken by Dominicans; I know more South American Spanish and some Central American, so I need to do some research.
I am recommending this book for the One Book, One New Orleans project. Hope it wins!
Don't miss out on this book!