White Ravens: Haiti

1 book      

Haiti (French) - 2005 - 162
Étienne, Marlène (text)
Nazaire, Réginald (illus.)
La légende de Catherine
(The legend of Cathérine)
[Petion-Ville] : Hachette-Deschamps, 2004. 93 p.
ISBN 99935-31-45-6
Haiti/History – Slavery – War of independence
Cathérine Flon, that’s the woman who is rumoured to have sewn together the first national flag of Haiti using her hair as thread on in May 1803 in Arcahaie. This entertaining children’s book aims at placing the legendary heroine of Haiti into a social context, without claiming to be historically accurate, and thus makes her come alive for children. Catherine grows up as a slave, braves the hard work on the fields, and suffers the humiliations and beatings until she is employed in the »large house«. There, she can finally pursue her secret passion of sewing. When a piece of lace disappears, she has to flee. Historically, there is no definite proof of Catherine’s existence. Yet, thanks to the legend and this picture book, she will remain a vivid example. (8+)