Sélavi, That Is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope

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Cinco Puntos Press
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7.96 X 9.9 X 0.11 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author

Youme grew up loving stories. She has lived and worked as a community artist in New York, New Haven, Miami, Woods Hole, San Francisco, Kenya, Japan, Lao P.D.R., Vietnam, St. John, U.S.V.I., Haiti, and Cuba. Youme's books include Selavi (That Is Life)-A Haitian Story of Hope, Mali Under the Night Sky-A Lao Story of Home, and Pitch Black with Anthony Horton. She is drawn to stories of survival and champions for social justice. Youme lives in an ever changing location with her partner and their two children.

Youme is a writer, artist, and activist. As a community artist, she has lived and collaborated with people from all over the world--creating murals and teaching poetry classes. Youme's nationally acclaimed books include Sélavi (That Is Life): A Haitian Story of Hope, Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home, and Pitch Black with Anthony Horton. To find out more about Youme's work, visit youmeland.org.

"Beautiful illustrations using watercolor, photographs, collage, and techniques like batik make vivid Sélavi's life. . . 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." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Youme, an artist and activist, makes a powerful debut with this true story of Port-au-Prince's street children. . . . Youme's experience as a community muralist informs every picture--her work emits a streetwise sense of lyricism and urgency. The palette darkens with acts of violence, and lightens to reflect images of hope." -- Publishers Weekly

"Selavi offers a realistic view of children whose lives are sometimes disconcerting and sometimes hopeful. It will be useful in communities that serve Haitian-Americans, and libraries in which children are exploring issues of social justice." -- School Library Journal

"In a moving afterword accompanied by her own documentary photos, Youme, as she's identified on the jacket, tells more of the story, which is based on the experience of homeless kids in Port-au-Prince. For older readers, adult writer Edwidge Danticat contributes a powerful essay about her own Haitian childhood, her country's proud history, and its desperate upheaval." -- Booklist

ALSC Notable Children's Books - American Library Association (ALA)
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner - Jane Addams Peace Association
Texas Bluebonnet Award Shortlist - Texas Library Association (TLA)