Bibliographic Information: McKissack, P., Dillon, L., & Dillon, D. (2011). Never Forgotten. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
Short Annotation: This book is about a father who raises his son by himself with the help of the four elements – Earth, fire, water, and wing. However, once his son, Musafa, grows up he is captured and sold as a slave in South Caroline. Earth, fire, and water try their best to return Musafa to his father but don’t succeed. Finally, with the help of all of the elements, wind finds a way to get to Musafa and comes back telling his father that he is fine and that he is a successful blacksmith in South Caroline. The father rejoices because he is happy that his son is okay.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 3-6
Readers who will like this book: readers who like to read about African American folktales; readers who like African American history; readers who like stories about the four elements; readers who like books about family, courage, and remembering
Personal Response/Rating: 4 – I enjoyed reading this African American folktale. I love that one of the messages it tries to teach is that family is forever no matter how close or far you are from each other. It also teaches about having courage and being strong. Lastly, I enjoyed the roles the four elements played in this book. Text-Dependent Question: What are the strengths and weakness of the four elements? How does Dinga, the father, change throughout the story?
Text-Dependent Question: What are the strengths and weakness of the four elements? How does Dinga, the father, change throughout the story?