Our Story Starts in Africa (Hardcover)
When Paloma goes to visit her family in Trinidad, she doesn’t feel that she fits in. But Tante Janet has a story to tell her: An ancient story of warrior queens and talking drums, of treasures and tales that span thousands of years . . . a story that Paloma shares in, because her story, too, starts in Africa.
Join Tante and her inquisitive niece as they share the story of how her family came to the Caribbean, through the dark days of colonization and enslavement, to the emergence of a thriving, contemporary community of many faces, places and successes.
All too often, children’s books dealing with "Africa" are reductive with little mention or explanation of modern Africa and too much focus on traditional costume, dancing and animals. This book offers a new approach to caregivers wanting to talk about Black history and Blackness from its very origins, sensitively told and vibrantly illustrated.
"An informative, visually rich picture book that personalizes African history and entices readers to learn more."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Lawrence does a fantastic job of blending a fiction story with nonfiction facts for children, gently introducing lessons on colonialism, slavery, and cultural pride. The illustrations’ vivid colors bring the island setting to life, while sepia tones define the historic scenes from Tante Janet’s story."