Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine

Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award–winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz clubs in Johannesburg; in exile, at a rally beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and befor...

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Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song Reviews

  • Keyan

    Loved the story and the illustrations.

  • Margie

    Each individual has within them a gift. How they determine to use it or not to use it will chart the course of their lives. For some it appears early and easily. For others it takes time for the answer to present itself.

    In 1932 a girl child was born in Prospect Township, South Africa. Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song (Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, October 10, 2017) written by Kathryn Erskine with illustrations by Ch

    Each individual has within them a gift. How they determine to use it or not to use it will chart the course of their lives. For some it appears early and easily. For others it takes time for the answer to present itself.

    In 1932 a girl child was born in Prospect Township, South Africa. Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song (Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, October 10, 2017) written by Kathryn Erskine with illustrations by Charly Palmer is the story of this girl child's life. Her memorable music will long hold a place in history.

    My full recommendation:

  • Michele Knott

    I'm not sure how much the history of South Africa and apartheid are taught in middle schools, but this is a needed book for that discussion.

    A book that shows how determination and a gift can keep the fight going.

  • Annese

    I love the illustrations. I wanted more from the text.

  • Monica Edinger

    Wrote starred Horn Book review. Outstanding.

  • Earl

    A wonderful book that I've seen being reviewed in a lot of blogs. Miriam Makeba's life of song and activism is explored beautifully and creatively in a call-and-response style. Also great for older readers to read and discuss with an author's note, timeline, and glossary.

  • Beckie

    I could almost hear Mama Africa sing as I read this beautifully illustrated picture book. Learning of the author, Kathryn Erskines’s own connection to this brave apartheid activist and singer touched me deeply. Such an important story to be told. And told so vividly and with such heart. Buying a copy for my local library so every child in our community can learn of the heroic journey of Miriam Makeba.

  • Jennifer

    3.5 stars

    This picturebook biography details part of the life of Civil Rights activist Miriam Makeba, who protested apartheid in South Africa through acting and singing around the world. Skillfully written and beautifully illustrated in rich colors combine classic painting styles with graphic design elements.

  • Linda Mitchell

    As many Americans, I have very little knowledge of modern Africa....modern South Africa. This book gave me wonderful background knowledge about South Africa during apartheid and how Miriam Makeba was a part of bringing it down. What's so beautiful about the story, for me, is again I see how art is vital to progress. Even in the darkest times, our artists can point us toward a brighter future...they can see it and they invite us to follow them.

    Kathryn Erskine writes with the authority of someone

    As many Americans, I have very little knowledge of modern Africa....modern South Africa. This book gave me wonderful background knowledge about South Africa during apartheid and how Miriam Makeba was a part of bringing it down. What's so beautiful about the story, for me, is again I see how art is vital to progress. Even in the darkest times, our artists can point us toward a brighter future...they can see it and they invite us to follow them.

    Kathryn Erskine writes with the authority of someone who lived in South Africa but is not South African. Her unique observations of the people, place and time are braided into a beautiful picture book biography that I am so happy to bring to the shelves of my middle school library.

  • Jacqui

    3.5

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