for The Village That Vanished
by Ann Grifalconi
and Kadir Nelson
Told in the style of a traditional tale-"Gather round, my people, gather round," this original story evokes a time when slavers, both white and black, captured free African peoples. Three women of three generations together devise a plan to trick the slavers and save their village of Yao.
The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Peace and Social Justice in Children’s Books Since 1953. © Scarecrow Press, 2013. Used with permission.
Young Abekenile and all the villagers of Yao feel safe sheltered deep within the jungle. But word has now come that slavers are on their way! Abekenile looks to the women of her tribe: her mother, who comes up with a clever plan to fool the slavers, and a tribal elder, who stays behind to face the slavers, steadfast in her trust that the ancestor-spirits will watch over her. But as the villagers retreat within the forest, it is Abekenile who finds that she too has the bravery and daring to help her people stay safe and free.
Kadir Nelson's lush and striking artwork beautifully expresses this inspiring tale.
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