African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History (Hardcover)
This book is wonderful in so many ways! Start with the presentation.The illustrations accompanying each of the biographical chapters are perfect, the portraits by Hillary D. Wilson colored and detailed beautifully. The graphic patterns through each chapter add to the character of the book as they are drawn from the specific historical periods represented by the individuals. And then the words, and the people featured. We learn so little about the history of the African continent during our lives. In most of our educations it doesn't appear until we reach the period of enslavement. And this despite it having being long established that this was the birthplace of humanity. So who were the equivalents of the British Kings, the Japanese Samurai? This is what this book is about - providing a history of Africa through the stories of ten of its leading people. Here you will learn about Queens and warriors and men whose wealth would (if converted to today's money) make them the richest men ever to live. This book fills a gap in all our bookshelves. It should be in every school library, every classroom, and every home.— Hannah Reidell
"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.