Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Written by Kathryn Erskine, Illustrated by Charly Palmer

I had never heard of Miriam Makeba until I read this book. This biographical picture book did a wonderful job of describing life in Apartheid South Africa, and Miriam’s effort through song, of ending this terrible racial prejudice. Her talent and courage take her around the world to encourage awareness and desegregation of the many factions of Bantus (all people with dark skin) in their united fight against the Baases (white people). She spoke before the United Nations, attended rallies with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and communicated with Nelson Mandela during the time he was imprisoned. This is presented in an interesting and visually stunning book for children. A well-deserved winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Illustrator Talent Award.

Review by Terrie Bishop, Academy Park Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-6

Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
Written by Kathryn Erskine, Illustrated by Charly Palmer
Farrar Straus Giroux
48 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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