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By Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

Representing Africa in Children’s Literature explores how African and Western authors painting adolescence in modern African societies, seriously reading the dominant photos of Africa and Africans in books released among 1960 and 2005. The publication makes a speciality of modern children’s and younger grownup literature set in Africa, studying concerns relating to colonialism, the politics of illustration, and the demanding situations posed to either "insiders" and "outsiders" writing approximately Africa for kids.

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I was disappointed by all the negative reviews6 regarding the historical content of the story and wondered why the Dillons had wasted their talent and effort on the book. Mansa Musa: A Lion in Mali is the story of a young boy who was captured and sold into slavery, but later became one of the greatest kings in fourteenthcentury Mali. According to Stephen Belcher (2002), “young readers may enjoy the (very predictable) story, and the book itself is very well produced with extensive illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon” (p.

Perhaps her struggle lies in the fact that even though she has an African family now, she remains a stranger to this new culture which she still does not fully understand. She never transcends her touristic images of animals scattered all over northern and northwestern Cameroon, which she may have noticed when she visited the country. ” (p. 37). Doing this will help each to examine what Woodson acknowledges as “one’s position of power” vis-à-vis the African subject of their illustrations. All four illustrators discussed above must be commended for attempting to depict Africa in picture books.

That word is arresting, and it will almost invariably do. They are intrinsically designers, not illustrators. Their elaborate, highly polished artwork can obscure a simple story” (p. 146). Lawrance M. com, shares this sentiment. He notes, however, that in Ashanti to Zulu, “there’s admittedly a Illustrations and the Messages They Convey • 27 degree of artificiality to some of these compositions”(unpaged). Regardless, it is hard to find many educators who would not be taken by the illustrations in this book.

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