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Never forgotten

by McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Bridgeville Public Library Juvenile Audio-visual JUV FIC MCK
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio-visual
Call Number  JUV FIC MCK
CLP - East Liberty Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD McKissack
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  j CD McKissack
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j CD McKissack
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
Call Number  j CD McKissack
A 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families. Set in West Africa, this a lyrical story-in-verse is about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, and his father who is left behind to mourn the loss of his son. Here's a beautiful, powerful, truly unforgettable story about family, memory, and freedom.
"Forceful and iconic," raves "Publishers Weekly" in a starred review.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The Dillons illustrated the late Virginia Hamilton's classics The People Could Fly (1985) and Many Thousand Gone (1993), both of which told the stories and history of Africans captured and brought across the ocean as slaves. Now, in accessible free verse, McKissack writes from the viewpoint of the Africans left behind, who can only imagine what happens to those who ar. take. and never heard from again. The focus is on one father, the widower blacksmith Dinga, who raises his beloved son, Musafa, with the help of the Mother Elements: Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind. Then one day, Musafa is gone forever; he has become one of the Taken. Unable to stop the attackers, Earth and Fire report to Dinga that Musafa has become one of the captives, and Water follows Musafa's ship through the horror of the Middle Passage. Later, Wind travels to America and reports back to Dinga that he has found Musafa (now called Moses) in Charleston, where he lives as a blacksmith's gifted apprentice. The dramatic, thickly outlined acrylic-and-watercolor illustrations extend the story's magical realism and intensify the anguish and grief in the words. Both words and images come together in a conclusion that brings hope, with the promise of freedom and Musafa's powerful resolve never to forget his roots. I learn by reaching back with one hand. And stretching forward with the other. --Rochman, Haze. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "McKissack's (The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll) story about a Malian boy abducted and sold into slavery has frightening moments, but carries dignity and even triumph away from them. Forceful and iconic, the Dillons' (The Secret River) woodcut-style paintings use gentle colors and strong lines to telegraph scary sequences, but do not dwell on them. McKissack's free verse incorporates a Greek chorus of the elements Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind, who watch over the infant Musafa and assist his father, Dinga, in his blacksmith's work, but cannot save Musafa after he is brought to the New World. He surfaces in South Carolina, a gifted blacksmith like his father, and Wind, which has made itself into a hurricane to cross the ocean, is at last able to bring word to Dinga of his beloved son: "Though a slave, he lives!" Readers learn Musafa's owner may free him, but "In my mind," Wind hears Musafa say, "I have always been free,/ As free as Wind." The willingness to turn the dark history of the past into literature takes not just talent but courage. McKissack has both. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Slavery -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Four elements (Philosophy) -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Blacksmiths -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Blacks -- Mali -- Juvenile sound recordings.
African Americans -- Juvenile sound recordings.
Novels in verse.
Families -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
Four elements (Philosophy) -- Fiction.
Blacksmiths -- Fiction.
Blacks -- Mali -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :2013
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Mitchell, Lizan, narrator.
Recorded Books, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Lizan Mitchell.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
"Track 2 has page-turn signals"--Container.
Description 1 audio disc (30 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781470334765
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