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African icons : ten people who shaped history
2021
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From ancient times through the 16th century, this underrepresented side of Black history and Black excellence presents heroic full-color portraits and 10 stories of people who helped shape the African continent. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Full-color portraits illustrate the stories of ten people-rulers, educators, inventors, scholars, and explorers-who helped shape the African continent and the world from ancient times through the tumultuous sixteenth century"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

“In African Icons, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers . . . This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

 
Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world. 

Black history began long ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent.

Through portraits of ten heroic figures, author Tracey Baptiste takes readers on a journey across Africa to meet some of the great leaders and thinkers whose vision built a continent and shaped the world.

Illustrator Hillary D. Wilson’s brilliant portraits accompany each profile, along with vivid, information-filled landscapes, maps, and graphics for readers to pore over and return to again and again. - (Grand Central Pub)

Author Biography

Tracey Baptiste, author of the acclaimed Jumbies series, lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen; she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales. She is also the  author of the New York Times bestseller Minecraft: The Crash. Visit her online at traceybaptiste.com and on Twitter: @TraceyBaptiste. - (Grand Central Pub)

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Ten carefully chosen biographies—of six men and four women—introduce figures who have made invaluable contributions to Africa's history. Profiled here are Egypt's first pharaoh, Menes; First Dynasty Queen Merneith; Imhotep, medical demigod and vizier to a king; storyteller Aesop, alongside text of "The Eagle and the Beetle"; military commander Hannibal; playwright Terence; Queen Amanirenas, who defended her kingdom against the Roman Empire; disabled woman Tin Hinan, who founded a desert city and became a queen; warrior queen Idia; and Mansa Musa, then the richest man in the world, who became an emperor. Scattered throughout these biographies are fascinating facts (e.g., most maps show Africa 14.5 times smaller than it really is in comparison to other continents). Baptiste includes contextualizing background in each profile that addresses the richness of Africa's history. Each profile contains a color illustration with a name-pronunciation guide. Readers will be fascinated by the lives of these icons and gain a real appreciation of Africa's underrepresented place in world history. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Table of Contents

Introduction: When Africa Fueled The World viii
The Sahara Vawns
1(1)
Menes: Creator of Dynasties
1(15)
Merneith: A Queen Erased
16(10)
The Dawn of Egvpt
26(4)
Imhotep: From Peasant to God
30(10)
Metal Bonds
40(5)
Nature As Character
45(7)
Aesop: The Wisest Man in the Ancient World
52(5)
Across the Ujaues
57(5)
Hannibal Barca: Unparalleled Military Strategist
62(6)
Terence: North African Playwright
68(6)
Amanirenas: Warrior, Diplomat, Queen
74(8)
Where Few Dared to Tread
82(4)
Tin Hinan: Founding a City on the Dunes
86(6)
Across the Golden Sand
92(10)
Mansa Musa: The Richest Man of All Time
102(9)
The Catalan Atlas
111(4)
The Power of the Griot
115(4)
Libraries in the Sand
119(5)
The Winds Change
124(4)
Queen Idia: Kingmaker
128(8)
Culture Lost
136(4)
Author's Note 140(3)
Source Notes 143(8)
Bibliography 151(6)
Index 157(3)
Designer's Note 160

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