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Children's LiteratureLyra's mother has repeatedly told her that she is an African princess. However, when children doubt her words, she begins to wonder how many princesses live in a high rise and have freckles. To sooth Lyra's doubts, her mother takes her on a trip to find her roots. Lyra finds that her mother was right all along. This book provides an interesting story of a little girl connecting with her past and becoming proud of her family. Lyra's voyage is an important one that teaches all children to be proud of who they are and honor their family. This is a positive, helpful story for any child who has ever doubted or been embarrassed about their culture. Ms. Wilson's illustrations are colorful and artful. The brilliant earth tones and modern style add a window on Lyra's world for all of us to experience her coming of age. This is a great book for any library. 2004, Doubleday/Random House Children's Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Gilda R. Daniels