TITLE: MANSA MUSA: THE LION OF MALI
AUTHOR: KHEPHRA BURNS
ILLUSTRATORS: LEO AND DIANE DILLON
DESCRIPTION: An account of the life, times and contributions of Mansa Musa, descendant of Sundiata who founded the great empire of Mali.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: The magnificence and power of the ancient world shines through in this priceless account of a king who was known as the richest man in Africa in his time. Khephra Burns goes beyond the typical historic perspective to bring to life a most amazing individual and the impact of his leadership on his nation and the world. The pilgrimage by Mansa Musa to Mecca was so resplendent in its construction and execution that it was the talk of Europe and the Middle East for years! We learn of his impact as a leader in returning Mali to the greatness of its early years under Sundiata by increasing its territory and wealth. His pilgrimage to Mecca fulfilled his life long dream of bringing his nation and its history to the attention of the entire world. The luxurious illustrations by the Dillons capture the splendor and elegance of the man and his empire. You’ll return again and again to this amazing story and bask in the glow of a time when Africa and its people led the world!
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