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Never Forgotten

McKissack, Pat (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.
Authors: McKissack, Pat, 1944-
Title: Never forgotten
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Patricia C. McKissack ; artwork by Leo & Diane Dillon
Summary: In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.
Additional Contributors: Dillon, Diane
Dillon, Leo
ISBN: 0375944532
9780375944536
0375843841
9780375843846
Branch Call Number: j 326 M158n 2011
Subject Headings: African Americans Juvenile literature Blacks Mali Juvenile literature Blacksmiths Juvenile literature Four elements (Philosophy) Juvenile literature Families Juvenile literature Slavery Juvenile literature
Genre/Form: Novels in verse
Topical Term: African Americans
Blacks
Blacksmiths
Four elements (Philosophy)
Families
Slavery
LCCN: 2010024789
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In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave. gr. 5-9


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Jan 20, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good folklore tale with a clear message for the young minds to grow up with and hopefully take away something from it .

Mar 31, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful and wrenching to its core, this is history made palatable for the younger set. Teach them with folktales and the real story will burn through in time. A true, unadulterated, original.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 31, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When the great Mende blacksmith Dinga found himself with a baby boy after his wife died he bucked tradition and insisted on raising the boy himself. For Musafa, his son, Dinga called upon the Mother Elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Wind and had them bless the child. Musafa grew in time but spent his blacksmithing on creating small creatures from metal. Then, one day, Dinga discovers that Musafa has been kidnapped by slave traders in the area. Incensed, each of the four elements attempts to help Dinga get Musafa back, but in vain. Finally, Wind manages to travel across the sea. There she finds Musafa has found a way to make use of his talent with metal, creating gates in a forge like no one else’s. And Dinga, back at home, is comforted by her tale that his son is alive and, for all intents and purposes, well.

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Mar 31, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Remember the wisdom of Mother Dongi: / ‘Kings may come and go, / But the family endures forever.’ / Think on that when the silence comes.”

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