by Patricia McKissack
In Western Africa, long ago, a blacksmith raises his son alone. When young Musafa is stolen by slave traders, Dinga calls on the four Mother Elements to help bring his son back home. Eventually Wind returns from across the sea with the news that Musafa is alive, though captive, and at work as a blacksmith. Dinga finds comfort knowing that his son carries on the traditions of his homeland in the New World. This lyrical story told in verse highlights the importance of tradition and heritage, and the gift of family above all.
GRADES K – 8
THEMES slavery, heritage, perseverance, family
EVENTS Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black History Month, Read Aloud Month