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Selavi: That Is Life-- A Haitian Story of Hope
Author: Youme Landowne
Illustrator: Youme Landowne
Country/Culture: Haiti
Language: English
Type of Product: Hardcover Book
Item Number: T3950W
Retail Price: $17.95
ISBN Number: 0938317849
Description: The story of Selavi celebrates the triumphs of children who face some of life’s most difficult challenges. In these pages, you’ll meet Selavi, a homeless child who is befriended by other children living on the streets in Haiti. They look out for one another, sharing food and companionship. Together they find the voice to express the needs of Timoun Lari, the children who live in the streets. With a caring community they are able to build a shelter, and from there to create Radyo Timoun, Children’s Radio, a station run by and for children, which, until March of 2004, was still in operation. At Radyo Timoun, the questions and suggestions of children were broadcast for all to hear. In March, however, the station was destroyed in the midst of the incredible unrest in Haiti.

The story takes place in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, a country which has a long history of resistance, struggle and triumph. Haiti is the birthplace of Toussaint L’ouverture and many others whose dedication to justice led to Haitian independence from slaveowners. Haiti is perhaps best known as the island which orchestrated the first successful revolt by enslaved peoples in the western hemisphere in 1804.
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