About the Book
Serafina has a secret dream; she and her best friend, Julie Marie, want to go to school and become doctors. But in their rural village outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, many obstacles stand in Serafina’s way — little money, never-ending chores, and Manman’s worries. More powerful even than all of these are the heavy rains and the shaking earth that test Serafina’s resolve in ways she never dreamed.
- How do you think this story would be different if it was told in prose instead of verse?
- How is Serafina’s life different from yours? How is it the same?
- What is Serafina’s secret? Why is she afraid to share it with her parents?
- Serafina’s Granpe says, “Education is the road to freedom.” Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
- Why does Serafina want to be a doctor? What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?
- Julie Marie’s Manman says, “Everyone has their own path. And everyone’s path has both flowers and thorns.” What does she mean by this?
- Has your view on going to school changed now that you’ve read about how some children don’t always have that privilege? If so, please explain.
- Serafina and her family face floods and earthquakes, but yet she says, “The only unbreakable home is one made from love.” What does she mean by this?
- When Gogo says kind words to Serafina, Serafina thinks that people are like plants because kind words make them grow. Share a time when positive words helped you to grow.
- Share a saying about life that you have heard from a family member, a friend, or in a book. Why is it important to you?