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Sundiata: Lion King of Mali Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Wisniewski, David (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0395764815     ISBN-13: 9780395764817
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 1999

Annotation: The story of Sundiata, son of the king of Mali in the time of the great trading empires of Africa some eight hundred years ago, is a powerful tale of courage and determination. As a boy, Sundiata was unable to speak or walk. He overcame these obstacles, but was driven into exile by a rival queen. When Mali was overrun by intruders, 18-year-old Sundiata returned to defeat them and reclaim the throne. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mandingo (African people); Biography; Juvenile literature.
Mandingo (African people); Kings and rulers; Juvenile literature.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Africa
Dewey: 966.23/01/092
LCCN: 91027951
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 44146
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q18583
Reading Level: 5.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
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Publisher Description:
In the thirteenth century, Sundiata overcame physical handicaps, social disgrace, and strong opposition to rule the West African trading empire of Mali.

Contributor Bio(s): IV>David Wisniewski (wiz-NESS-key) was born in Middlesex, England, in 1953. After training at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he spent three years as a clown, designing and constructing his own props, costumes, and gags. He was subsequently hired by his future wife, Donna, as a performer with a traveling puppet theatre. Married six months later, the Wisniewskis started their own troupe, Clarion Shadow Theatre, specializing in shadow puppetry. In the course of creating the plays, puppets, and projected scenery, Mr. Wisniewski evolved the storytelling techniques and art skills that eventually led to his picture books with their unique cut-paper illustrations. His retelling of GOLEM was awarded the 1997 Caldecott Medal. David Wisniewski died in 2002 in the Maryland home he shared with his wife and two children.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1999 February #2)
A 13th-century prince overcomes physical infirmities and exile to rule Mali; of the artist's "stunning" cut-paper collages, PW said, "Historically accurate images are sharp without starkness, expressive of raw power and delicate fragility by turns." Ages 5-9. (Feb.) Copyright 1999 Publishers WeeklyReviews
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