SÉLAVI, THAT IS LIFE by Youme Landowne

SÉLAVI, THAT IS LIFE

A Haitian Story of Hope
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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The street children of Haiti—abandoned because their families were killed, their homes destroyed, or simply because there were too many in their households—found each other on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Through the story of a boy named Sélavi, readers learn of a shelter for such children, built and destroyed and then built again, of murals to spread the word, of a children’s radio station, Radyo Timoun, where, “We will write our messages in the air where they cannot be painted out.” Beautiful illustrations using watercolor, photographs, collage, and techniques like batik make vivid Sélavi’s life. He and others are real, as Danticat’s essay indicates, and their home and the radio station may now be abandoned as Haiti surrenders to unrest. A strong message of caring for the children and for each other rings through the kinds of sorrows too many children face in the world. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-938317-84-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Cinco Puntos
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2004




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