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Sundiata: Lion King of Mali

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Sundiata: Lion King of Mali by David Wisniewski Book Summary:

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

Bird Boy Volume 1 The Sword of Mali Mani

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Bird Boy Volume 1 The Sword of Mali Mani by Anne Szabla Book Summary:

Bird Boy follows the story of Bali, a 10 year-old boy, desperate to prove his worth to his Northern tribe, despite his small stature. Banned from the ceremony that would make him an adult in the eyes of his people, he takes matters into his own hands. To prove that he is capable of taking care of himself, he sets out into the forbidden forest and stumbles upon a legendary weapon. Bali fights his way across a dangerous land of gods, men, and beasts to keep the sword of Mali Mani, the savior of the sun, from the hands of the terrifying Rooks."Stunningly beautiful, strange (in the best way possible) and refreshingly original. Oh, and that little guy is just adorable." -Mike Mignola"Anne Szabla's Bird Boy manages to catch that golden ring of design: something familiar yet somehow brand new. In these days of digital lookalikes, it's always a treat to find someone with a own voice of their own, and the craft and the courage to use it well!" -Iain McCaig"Bird Boy immediately stands out from the myriad of fantasy web comic options through gorgeous art and refreshing subject material inspired by cultures from all over the world." -Multiverse Daily

Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

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Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali by Andy Morgan Book Summary:

Music, Mausoleums, Ancient Manuscripts, Literature, Film, Theatre and Islamism in Mali "Essential reading for anyone who has been touched by Saharan music. It gives a clear and gripping picture of what it's like to live through the chaos of a 21st century conflict

Waiting for Rain: Life and Development in Mali, West Africa

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Waiting for Rain: Life and Development in Mali, West Africa by Lewis W. Lucke Book Summary:

"Waiting for Rain" is the story of a young, novice development professional who leaves the comfort of the United States to live and work in Mali, one of West Africa's poorest but most interesting and authentically African countries. Mali boasts one of the lowest GDPs and some of the most intractable development challenges in the world, but it is the home of Timbuktu, the Niger River, Dogon cliff dwellers and the mud mosques of Mopti. Though the country is culturally fascinating, can you ever get over the shock of working in such an impoverished country where life expectancy is 41 and a major drought is just coming to an end? What kind of development programs can you hope to put together to effectively address the problems of Mali. And since this is important work that touches the lives of real people, when all is said and done, will you have succeeded or not? "Waiting for Rain" may be of interest to those interested in other cultures, travel, Africa, international social issues and development buffs. Without being overly technical, the book treats a serious subject--economic development--while viewing the personal side of living and working in Mali.

The Adventures of Mali & Keela: A Virtues Book for Children

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The Adventures of Mali & Keela: A Virtues Book for Children by Jonathan Collins Book Summary:

Mom's Choice Award Gold Recipient, Category: Juvenile 1—Self helpThirteen adventure stories introduce children to the concept of virtue and demonstrate how virtuous behavior can make the world a better place. Each tale is built around four of the 52 virtues that have been identified by The Virtues Project™, a global grassroots initiative that inspires the practice of virtues in everyday life. The collected stories bring the virtues to life in lively, entertaining adventure tales designed to be read aloud to young listeners. Each tale is followed by clear, age-appropriate definitions of the virtues for the adult reader and the young audience to explore. Discussion questions are also provided to draw the children into a conversation about each story. These interactive tools foster a more profound understanding of the virtues, help children put each virtue into context within their own experiences, and provide a rich environment for learning—while young and old enjoy the thrill of a well-told yarn.

Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali

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Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway Book Summary:

What is it like to live and work in a remote corner of the world and befriend a courageous midwife who breaks traditional roles? Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Mali Midwife is the inspiring story of Monique Dembele, an accidental midwife who became a legend, and Kris Holloway, the young Peace Corps volunteer who became her closest confidante. In a small village in Mali, West Africa, Monique saved lives and dispensed hope every day in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter and where many children are buried before they cut a tooth. Kris worked side-by-side with her as they cared for each other through sickness and tragedy and shared their innermost secrets and hopes. Monique's life was representative of many women in one of the world's poorest nations, yet she faced her challenges in extraordinary ways. Despite her fiercely traditional society and her limited education she fought for her beliefs birth control, the end of female genital mutilation, the right to receive a salary, and the right to educate her daughters. And she struggled to be with the man she loved. Her story is one of tragedy joy, rebellion, and of an ancient culture in the midst of change. It is an uplifting tribute to indomitable spirits everywhere. Monique and the Mango Rains is a fascinating voyage to an unforgettable place, a voyage spent close to the ground, immersed in village life, learning first-hand the rhythms of this world. From witnessing her first village birth to the night of Monique's own tragic death, Kris draws on her first-person experiences in Mali, her graduate studies in maternal and child health, medical and clinic records, letters and journals, as well as conversations with Monique, her family, friends and colleagues, to gives readers a unique view and a friend in West Africa. Latest printing includes "2012 Postscript." Not-for-sale instructor resource material available to college and university faculty only; contact the publisher directly.

If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 5)

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If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 5) by Carole P. Roman Book Summary:

Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.

Terror and Insurgency in the Sahara-Sahel Region: Corruption, Contraband, Jihad and the Mali War of 2012-2013 (The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series)

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Terror and Insurgency in the Sahara-Sahel Region: Corruption, Contraband, Jihad and the Mali War of 2012-2013 (The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series) by Stephen A. Harmon Book Summary:

Harmon focuses on terrorism and insurgency in the lawless expanse of the Sahara Desert and the adjacent, transitional Sahel zone, plus the broader meta-region that includes countries such as Algeria, Mali, and Nigeria, and to a lesser extent, Niger and Mauritania. Covering such issues as Islamist terrorism, border insecurity, contraband, and human trafficking, this book looks at the interrelated problems of political and social pathologies that affect terrorist movements and security in the region. A valuable publication, it treats a series of related problems on the basis of a broadly defined area, with a special emphasis on the role of Islam as both a moderating and exacerbating factor. The book has a broader appeal than more narrowly focused country studies that derive from the perspective of only one problem such as terrorism or border insecurity.