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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...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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"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
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.
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.
Emily Morris
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.
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.
Tichaona Chinyelu
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 Children's book about Mali and it was wonderful! Not just the story but also the illustrations. Get it for your kids :-D
Story of the great king of Mali in the early 1300's. Beautifully illustrated!
Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon. Coming of age story. Gorgeous illustrations!
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