Kathleen J. Crane, who writes under the name K.J. Crane, recently published a delightful children's story book about an unruly Haitian rooster who had a penchant for dancing. The tale is told in both English and Creole. The story was colorfully and imaginatively illustrated by three student artists at the Atelier in Gros Morne, Le Foret des Arts (see photo below), and translated into Creole by Sr. Viviane Patenaude, an American who has taught in Haiti.
Roody Junior Michel, Mondelus Wilgens, and Tchilaah Isereal at work at the Atelier in Gros Morne.
Amy Wilenz , writer for the New Yorker and author of two important books on Haiti, "The Rainy Season", and "Farewell, Fred Voodoo", had praise for the book. "Jan Jak is a wonderful tale that will introduce kids to the brilliance and charm of Haitian storytelling and art."
K.J. Crane is a writer, teacher, and humanitarian worker, who directs the Children's Scholarship Fund For Girls, an independent non-profit that provides educational support for Hispanic girls in the United States and Haitian children in Gros Morne. Medicine For Peace has partnered with the CSFG for more than two decades.
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