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Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali Hardcover – October 1, 2001
Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon capture the grandeur of Africa's ancient empires, lands, and people in stunning paintings as this richly imagined tale of the boyhood of Mansa Musa, one of Mali's most celebrated kings, carries us across the continent on a triumphant journey of self-discovery.
Khephra Burns's exquisitely told account of one of the greatest kings of Mali is based solidly in fact, although the details of his boyhood are imagined. Partnered with the rich, breathtaking illustrations by two-time Caldecott Medalists, Leo and Diane Dillon (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu), this beautifully formatted picture book will capture the imagination and fascination of children everywhere. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter
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- Publisher : Gulliver Books; First edition (October 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 56 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0152003754
- ISBN-13 : 978-0152003753
- Reading age : 10 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.25 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #773,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The illustrations are well done and the writing is superb, not to mention the historical links and paths that you can take to learn more about African and Middle Eastern cultures. Highly recommended reading.
For educational use, this is of fairly limited *factual* use because of the dearth of written accounts about Mansa Musa and his reign and, as a result, the fictional nature of the main narrative. However, the epilogue is factual (if not completely impervious to debate), and the entire book would be great as a fictional supplement to the study of the Middle Ages, especially as it takes the point of view of a non-Western culture and focuses upon an important historical figure who is often glossed over (because of lack of information and his lack of impact upon the West) in typical courses of study.
This book would be excellent for people of any background who enjoy history, good story-telling, and breathtaking illustrations.
For other great, beautifully illustrated, African-oriented picture books, try these:
Why do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears? - an animal myth
The Marriage of the Rain-Goddess - based on a South African myth, it contains many elements common to African folklore and fairytales (such as the substitute bride)
African Princess - nonfiction about 6 royal women of Africa, from ancient Egypt to the 20th (and 21st) century. Painted illustrations are limited to one portrait per woman, but the book is fascinating and unusual, and photographs are skillfully chosen to complement the text.
African Princes - Complement to African Princesses.
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Les images mettent en scène les Mandingues dans de belles tenues de soie,portés avec élégance.
C'est très agréable à voir,l'histoire de cet empereur est très fascinante,son pélerinage fastueux à la Mecque et surtout sa grande richesse et sa générosité ,en fait l'un des empereur Mandingue les plus populaire.