The Village That Vanished by Ann Grifalconi
(Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))

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Young Abekenile and all the villagers of Yao feel safe sheltered deep within the jungle. But word has now come that slavers are on their way! Abekenile looks to the women of her tribe: her mother, who comes up with a clever plan to fool the slavers, and a tribal elder, who stays behind to face the slavers, steadfast in her trust that the ancestor-spirits will watch over her. But as the villagers retreat within the forest, it is Abekenile who finds that she too has the bravery and daring to help her people stay safe and free.

Kadir Nelson's lush and striking artwork beautifully expresses this inspiring tale.

About Ann Grifalconi

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Ann Grifalconi wrote and illustrated The Village of Round and Square Houses, which won a Caldecott Honor Award.
Published August 22, 2002 by Ragged Bears. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Warm hues and detail of line effectively capture the excitement of young Abikanile as she dances across a stone path in the river, the pride of Njemile as she convinces her people to trust in her plan, and the stubbornness of old Chimwala as she refuses to leave the place of her ancestors.

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