Monday, May 03, 2010

The Stolen Ones - Perfect book for young children

There are many stories about Africans related to the slave experience for children. This book is a much needed addition to children's literature. The Stolen Ones, tells the young reader and the adults who read with them,  about African American women going to Africa on a Cultural Reconnection and while there making a discovery that surprises and pleases them.  The Stolen Ones is the story of Nia who is taken to a far away home. The story does not follow the usual story line of Nia's slave experience we learn what what is happening at the village she was taken from. This is wonderfully illustrated book. A must add for all children's literature collection. While reading the story of Nia, children and their parents learn Kiswahali words and interesting things about African village culture. The included glossary of the Kiswahali words allows them to study and learn these words.

Author: Marcia Tate Arunga
Illustrator: Isiah Townsend
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