African Icons by Tracey Baptiste audiobook

African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History

By Tracey Baptiste
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Algonquin Young Readers 9781616209001
3.66 Hours 1
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Meet the ten remarkable kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who changed 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, 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.

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Summary

Meet the ten remarkable kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who changed 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, 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.


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers…This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa." Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Readers will be fascinated by the lives of these icons and gain a real appreciation of Africa’s underrepresented place in world history." Booklist
​“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.” —SLJ, starred review “What Baptiste accomplishes in only 139 pages of narrative is near miraculous. She lifts the veil intentionally cast over African history, granting readers a veritable feast of information and inspiration . . . Wilson’s portraits of each figure exude such beauty, strength, power, and, above all, dignity as to be nearly breathtaking. Each one gazes out at readers with a regal confidence that’s sure to inspire them to gaze back . . . Black readers of any age will see themselves reflected in the amazing lives chronicled, many of whom may be new to readers. Non-Black readers will get a window into the marvelous history of a continent oft overlooked and relegated to a single narrative. Refreshingly free of generalizations, this impressively researched work was clearly a massive undertaking (as evidenced by the source notes), presenting figures from multiple parts of the continent in the truth of their cultural and historical richness. The result is empowering, necessary, and required reading for all. Game changing.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Riveting . . . A rich account of innovative, oft-untold breakthroughs that took place in Africa before European colonization . . . Lush full-color art, depicting African luminaries and kingdoms in all of their glory. Concise and well researched, this robust, historically accurate timeline of the ‘great [African] continent and its people’ will serve as an invaluable resource for years to come.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review "In African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers. She pieces together the stories of ten people in a continent that fueled the world. This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa."—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist "Readers will be fascinated by the lives of these icons and gain a real appreciation of Africa’s underrepresented place in world history."—Booklist “Tracey Baptiste takes on a formidable task with this book . . . Baptiste’s muscular prose is compelling and the majority of the figures will be new to readers. Even the ones I had heard of (Aesop and Hannibal, for example) were put into a historical context that refreshed my interest.”—Youth Services Book Review  

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Author Bio: Tracey Baptiste

Author Bio: Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three. Her debut, a young-adult novel titled Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians. She is a former teacher, textbook editor, ballerina, and amateur librarian who once started up a library in her house. She writes and edits books for kids.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 3.66
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English