Sundiata by David Wisniewski
Lion King of Mali

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In the thirteenth century, Sundiata overcame physical handicaps, social disgrace, and strong opposition to rule the West African trading empire of Mali.
 

About David Wisniewski

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David Wisniewski (wiz-NESS-key) was born in Middlesex, England, in 1953. After training at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he spent three years as a clown, designing and constructing his own props, costumes, and gags. He was subsequently hired by his future wife, Donna, as a performer with a traveling puppet theatre. Married six months later, the Wisniewskis started their own troupe, Clarion Shadow Theatre, specializing in shadow puppetry. In the course of creating the plays, puppets, and projected scenery, Mr. Wisniewski evolved the storytelling techniques and art skills that eventually led to his picture books with their unique cut-paper illustrations. His retelling of GOLEM was awarded the 1997 Caldecott Medal. David Wisniewski died in 2002 in the Maryland home he shared with his wife and two children.
 
Published October 19, 1992 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity (as a child, he was lame and unable to speak), ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom.

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A 13th-century prince overcomes physical infirmities and exile to rule Mali; of the artist's stunning cut-paper collages, PW said, Historically accurate images are sharp without starkness, expre

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In the oral tradition of the griots (minister-like functionaries ``with the wisdom of history''), Wisniewski brings to life a story of courage from the African country of Mali. Sundiata, born to the K

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of the artist's ""stunning"" cut-paper collages, PW said, ""Historically accurate images are sharp without starkness, expressive of raw power and delicate fragility by turns."" Ages 5-9.

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In the oral tradition of the griots (minister-like functionaries ``with the wisdom of history''), Wisniewski brings to life a story of courage from the African country of Mali.

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