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Selavi, That Is Life A Haitian Story of Hope (Hardcover)

Author: Youme Illustrator: Youme Landowne  Youme Landowne
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0938317849
ISBN-13: 9780938317845
Sku: 35226755
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10.5H x 8.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  40
Age Range:  10 to 13
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On the streets of Haiti, a homeless child learns the meaning of family, solidarity, and hope.
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"Not so long ago and not so far away, people with guns could take a family, burn a house and disappear, leaving a small child alone in the world." So begins the true story of Selavi, a small boy who finds himself on the streets of Haiti. Selavi finds other street children who share their food and a place to sleep with him. Together they proclaim a message of hope through murals and radio programs.
Not many children's picture books feature a painting of police officers gazing impassively while sequences of mayhem and murder are reflected in their sunglasses, but this story of a homeless child in Haiti whose parents were murdered by the authorities is not an ordinary outing. Uniformed thugs routinely intimidate Haiti's street children, and even when a little boy like Selavi finds an orphanage for food and shelter, the building itself is burned down. Selavi, apparently a composite character in this basically true story, manages to persuade some grown-ups to construct a radio station for the orphanage: "We will write our messages in the air where they cannot be painted out." Author Youme Landowne was a street muralist in Haiti, and this is reflected in her forcefully eye-catching watercolor and collage pictures. An instructive afterword illustrated with photographs and a strong essay by Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat about her own childhood and Haiti's tumultuous history are included.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   06
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0040
Product attributePublisher:   Cinco Puntos Press
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