DescriptionSélavi Teaching Guide
The story of Selavi celebrates the triumphs of children who face some of life's most difficult challenges.
In these pages, you'll meet Sélavi, 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.
Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory, says about Selavi: "Being a child of Haiti myself, I can only hope that SelaviÍs story will be repeated in the lives of many other children, among them future writers and radio and television journalists, who will continue to tell, and show, their stories in such moving and powerful ways that the rest of the world will no longer be able to neglect them."
Teachers: Click here for the teacher's guide. This book offers high appeal content and meaningful artwork for readers of all ages. For classroom applications, it serves as an effective discussion tool and is most suited for the upper primary or lower elementary grade reader. This guide was prepared by educator Helen Buchanan.