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African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Illuminating profiles, vivid images reveal nuanced history.

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This succinct and sweeping overview is surprisingly nuanced and filled with details and descriptions that bring the ancient world to life. Author Tracey Baptiste's writing is sophisticated but accessible, drawing from the latest research in history and archaeology. Full-color archival images of artifacts and vibrant illustrations by Hillary D. Wilson jump off the page and provide an eye-catching compliment to Baptiste's prose. The bibliography, notes, and additional resources provided in the appendix also offer a good starting point for further research for curious students and teachers, while the powerful author's and illustrator's notes explain the motivations of the creators of this marvelous book.

African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History is an exciting volume that will appeal not only to kids already interested in African history and culture, but also may stimulate and inspire young readers who've had limited exposure to the deep and entangled histories of the continent and its peoples.

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