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Never Forgotten

by Patricia McKissack

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This story is one about slavery. It is written in prose as a series of poems all telling a story. The first is one of Africans telling each other to remember how they were treated, how families lost each other, and then it tells such a story. A father has a son and his wife dies in childbirth. He decides to raise the son, Mufasa, on his own along with the help of the four elements, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. The father is a blacksmith and teaches his son the skill as he grows. One day the son is captured while out gathering wood and, though all the elements try to rescue him, in the end he is sold to a plantation in the Carolinas. The father grieves for three years until finally Wind brings back the news that Mufasa is an apprentice to a blacksmith, hopefully to be freed one day soon, and is happy as he works using the skill his father taught him. The book closes with a poem telling how this was just one story of millions--so many lost their children. In the end, "Remember the wisdom of Mother Dongi: 'Kings may come and go, but the family endures forever.' Think on that when the silence comes." 4th-5th. ( )
  sbutler9 | Sep 11, 2014 |
A wonderful, NEW story, aching with grief, leavened with a glimpse of a masterfully reinvented life at the end. Writing that actually reads as poetry instead of prose sentences artfully chopped up into teeny bits.

Nobody does line like the Dillons. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
A wonderful, NEW story, aching with grief, leavened with a glimpse of a masterfully reinvented life at the end. Writing that actually reads as poetry instead of prose sentences artfully chopped up into teeny bits.

Nobody does line like the Dillons. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
A stunning, profoundly moving collaboration between a superb writer and two amazingly gifted artists. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Powerful story about a African boy captured by the slave trade. Beautiful illustrations by the Dillons. You better have some tissues ready when you read this. ( )
  alyson | Aug 23, 2012 |
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In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.

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