Sunday, October 22, 2006
Sense Pass King, by Katrin Tchana, Illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman
Ma’a’anta is a remarkable heroine —she is strong, brave, and very smart. In this story Ma’a’anta sleighs a horrible sea dragon, outsmarts an evil King, and rescues a dainty princess. Her name means that she has more sense than a king, and in the end the villagers chase away the king and make this young heroine their queen. Part tall tale, part fantasy adventure, the story is brought to life by Hyman’s mixed media art, which captures a wide range of emotions: she makes each human vibrant, animated, and expressive. This is a perfect story to empower young girls, especially, but not exclusively those young girls who are wondering if it’s cool to carry things on your head—African style—and who need a heroine who looks like them.