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African Icons

Ten People Who Shaped History

August 2, 2022 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781773068701
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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. 

Black history begins thousands of years ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent. Through portraits of ten heroic figures - from Menes, the first ruler to be called Pharaoh, to Queen Idia, a sixteenth-century power broker, visionary, and diplomat - this rich and thrilling nonfiction text goes back many millennia to introduce readers to the underrepresented stories of Black history and Black excellence.

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.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

About this Author

ISBN: 9781773068701
Format: Hardcover
Pages: n/a
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: 2022-08-02


[Baptiste] lifts the veil intentionally cast over African history, granting readers a veritable feast of information and inspiration ... The result is empowering, necessary, and required reading for all. Game changing. STARRED REVIEW

Baptiste sheds light on the rich and complex pre-enslavement history of the African continent ... A spellbinding collection ... An impeccably researched revelation that fills a too wide gap in collections; it's unfair how long it's taken for these histories to be made public to young readers. STARRED REVIEW

Riveting ... This robust, historically accurate timeline of the 'great [African] continent and its people' will serve as an invaluable resource for years to come. STARRED REVIEW

African Icons will inspire curious readers to explore the history of Black Africa and Africans more fully.

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