Ask Dr. Marta Children’s Book Digest Quarterly is coming…

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We are thrilled to announce that the Ask Dr. Marta Children’s Book Digest Quarterly is almost ready.  The Quarterly will be a quick reference guide for parents and educators to find books that are both stimulating for young readers and reflective of the diverse people living around the world. The following book review will be one of the entries included in this new resource which will be published four times per year.




DESCRIPTION: A rich and inspirational historical view of royal women from the African continent and their impacts on the people and times in which they lived. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: There are books that draw you in and refuse to let go until you have consumed every page. African Princess provided that type of gripping experience for me. I have often wondered where the grandeur existed in the heritage of my people and whether we had the same type of dynastic leaders to admire that I found in the royal linage of other nations and cultures. As a girl growing up I longed to believe in a princess existence for someone who looked like me. Imagine my joy at discovering the reality of African royal families and some of the amazing women who not only reigned but protected, inspired and led their nations to greatness. Every women and girl no matter your ethnicity will draw strength and encouragement from the women profiled in this book who often began their life changing journeys when they were very young. You see women who valued education and believed that there was more they could accomplish in life in addition to the honored roles of wife and mother. They were willing to fight if necessary but always strove to build upon the foundation of achievement set down by their predecessors. They were at times mentored by their fathers who recognized their gifts for leadership and were not afraid to nurture those gifts. From the fearless spirit and tenacity of Nzinga who defied Portuguese colonizers to the extraordinary beauty and strength of Princess Elizabeth of Toro who became the first woman lawyer in Uganda we witness a panorama of women who refused to be defined or marginalized by people or circumstance. If I would choose one word to describe the women in this book and the way they lived their lives it would be champion!

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