Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

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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.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780375944536
0375944532
9780375843846
0375843841
Branch Call Number: j 326 M158n 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm

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Jan 20, 2014

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

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 31, 2012

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 Mar 31, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 31, 2012

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 31, 2012

“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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