The Stolen Ones: And How They Were Missed is a well told, colorfully illustrated story about children about and for children.
There are many stories about Africans related to the slave experience for children. This book is a much needed addition to children's literature. The Stolen Ones, tells the young reader and the adults who read with them, about African American women going to Africa on a Cultural Reconnection and while there making a discovery that surprises and pleases them. The Stolen Ones is the story of Nia who is taken to a far away home. The story does not follow the usual story line of Nia's slave experience the story tells what is happening at the village she was taken from. This is wonderfully illustrated book. A must add for all children's literature collection. While reading the story of Nia, children and their parents learn Kiswahali words and interesting things about African village culture. The included glossary of the Kiswahali words allows them to study and learn these words.
The author Marcia Tate Arunga has placed the significance of Cultural Reconnection Missions into a format that allows young children to relate to how they are connected to a common ancestor with African children. The Illustrations by Isaiah Townsend will keep children and the adults who read with them flipping the pages of this book over and over. Sure to be a favorite for young readers of all ages.
Marcia Tate Arunga’s new book
Marcia Tate Arunga is the principal consultant for Arunga and Associates, Antioch University Professor and co-founder of Cultural Reconnection Mission. Since 2000, she has led delegations of women of African descent to Kenya, where she lived for over a decade.
The Stolen Ones is illustrated by Isaiah Townsend and tells the story of Nia and what happens in her village when she goes missing.
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