Never forgotten /

by McKissack, Pat; Dillon, Leo [ill.]; Dillon, Diane [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011Description: [48] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780375843846; 0375843841; 9780375944536 (lib. bdg.).Title notes: BRA $18.99 11/30/2011Subject(s): Families -- Juvenile fiction | Slavery -- Juvenile fiction | Four elements (Philosophy) -- Juvenile fiction | Blacksmiths -- Juvenile fiction | Blacks -- Mali -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Novels in verseSummary: A lyrical story-in-verse that details the experiences of an African boy who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
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A 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book <br> <br> This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families. Set in West Africa, this a lyrical story-in-verse is about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, and his father who is left behind to mourn the loss of his son. Here's a beautiful, powerful, truly unforgettable story about family, memory, and freedom.<br> <br> "Forceful and iconic," raves Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

School Library Journal starred, September 2011

Booklist starred, September 2011

Pub Weekly, August 2011

Kirkus Starred, September 2011

Horn Book, September 2011

A lyrical story-in-verse that details the experiences of an African boy who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.


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BRA $18.99 11/30/2011

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Horn Book Review

By nature, McKissack tells homespun stories; the Dillons create monumental images. Together at last, can they find common ground? It's McKissack -- with her portentous title, with her mix of history, mythological entities, and griot ideophones ("Swi Swi a Swi") -- who budges. In 1725 Mali, Dinga the Blacksmith scorns advice that he remarry to provide milk and a gentle hand for his newborn, motherless son, and instead calls upon the Mother Elements -- Earth, Fire, Water, Wind -- to help him raise the boy Mustafa. (Fire, for one, blows the babe a warm kiss.) As his father's apprentice, Mustafa is a dud at making spears or tools, a genius at making beautiful "useless objects," like a "stand of savannah grass." Then Mustafa disappears and Dinga, desperate, again invokes the Elements. Earth reports that Mustafa is one of the Taken, Fire's attempt to intercede is stopped at the shore, Water follows the captives to coastal slave markets, and Wind waits her chance...until, with strategic help from Earth, Fire, and Water, she is transformed into a Hurricane and travels to a blacksmith shop in Charleston, South Carolina, where Mustafa is decorating gates with "birds, flowers, and animals inspired by his memories of home." The son who was "never forgotten" hasn't forgotten his heritage, either. The free-verse text can weigh heavily on the ear, but the Dillons' rousing illustrations -- at once bold, complex, and lucid -- impart dramatic conviction to the thwarted Fire and the slave-boat beyond reach, the pursuing Wind peering into the Carolina blacksmith's window. barbara bader (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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