Nubiah: Land of African Kings and Queens Bedtime Stories & Coloring Book "Listen to the Drum"
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by Thomas A. Jones, Illustrations by Linda Knoll
Paperback: 44 pages
It is a testament to the omni-directional influence of Barack Obama that a coloring book about African history would close with a quote from the President and a picture of him and the rest of the First Family. This makes one automatically wonder whether black Americans still need to look to distant ancestors from another continent for heroes, if the leader of the country is already one of their own.
That disclaimer out of the way, Nubiah is, nonetheless, a nice little introduction for primary school children to such African royalty as Queen Asantewa of Ghana, King Hannibal of Carthage, Queen Makeda of Ethiopia, King Shaka of South Africa, and Queen Nefertiti of Egypt. Each chapter combines a black and white illustration ripe for coloring with historical background information and a narrative designed to be read to a child as he or she is falling asleep.
Though only 44 pages in length, the book is just brimming with a variety of content, and also includes drawings of elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and other indigenous animals to fill in, as well as the lyrics to the Negro National Anthem, a list of black inventors, quotes of luminaries like Maya Angelou, Whoopi Goldberg, Jesse Owens, Alvin Ailey and Marian Anderson, and even The Lord's and other prayers.
A potpourri of positivity for black parents interested in introducing young offspring to their roots, religion and role models.