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Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali

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When an evening celebration in his village is disrupted by the cries of slave raiders, young Kankan Musa runs to find his spear, but in a moment he is taken. Suddenly, the world he has known is gone. Is he to be a slave? Or will destiny carry this son of a proud people to a different future?
Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon capture the grandeur of Africa's ancient
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Oct 16, 2009 Misa rated it it was amazing
"When your children's children and their descendants for many generations unborn say to those in distant lands, 'I am descended from the Malinke of Mali,' will people ask them, 'Where is Mali?' When the epic tales of great nations are told, will the glories of Mali be remembered, or will some of little gold and few victories say that the Malinke went naked in the forests, ate their grains wild, their meat raw, and were fit only to be salves? Who then will be able to challenge such evil misstatem ...more
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Apr 03, 2011 Tichaona Chinyelu rated it it was amazing
Another book for my son. It is not a one night read for him, being seven so we're treating it like a chapter book. The artwork is incredible!
A picture book for older readers, for sure. This is a somewhat fantastical story--told in the style of a great folk tale or legend--but it has a lot of grounding in history. As usual, the Dillons' illustrations are stellar. The format of the book reminds me of what an African illuminated manuscript might look like if there are such things.
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Mar 20, 2016 Heather Sprouse rated it really liked it
I value children's books like this that are able to keep the attention of an adult yet invoke powerful imaginings. I also value that this book represents a civilization I know little about. Reminds me of the magical realism of Marquez.
Emily Morris
Oct 24, 2013 Emily Morris rated it really liked it
This tale provides an engaging account of the youth of Mansa Musa, from his childhood where he was sold into slavery until he becomes the great king. Stunningly illustrated and warmly told, this is a simple yet inspiring story.
Nov 18, 2015 Jean-Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa, middle-ages
This picture book tells an imagined tale of the boyhood of Mansa Musa, one of Mali's most celebrates kings. It's beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon. We read this to complement our Middle Ages history lesson about Africa.
Aug 11, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
It looks as though it would be for a younger grade because of the cover and size. However, it is a book for grades 6 to 8. Beautiful artwork. Not a lot of historical "meat" but it gives the framework for researching the truth behind this extrodinary person and his life.
Jan 14, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Story of Mansa Musa in Africa. Africa, trade, cultures, coming of age story, self-discovery. Great Moon Level Read Aloud, or Sun Level Independent Reader.
Feb 20, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
A Children's book about Mali and it was wonderful! Not just the story but also the illustrations. Get it for your kids :-D
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Nov 07, 2016 Nicole F rated it it was amazing
great story, i read it to my son!
Aug 30, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it
Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon. Coming of age story. Gorgeous illustrations!
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Story of the great king of Mali in the early 1300's. Beautifully illustrated!
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