Yesterday I traveled to New York City for the day to surprise someone very special: my dear friend Monica Edinger. She was reading and signing her new book, Africa Is My Home, a historical fiction story about Sarah Margru Kinson who was a child on the Amistad.
I taught with Monica for five years at The Dalton School, during the time she was writing this book. We actually used preview versions to teach forced immigration as part of a larger immigration curriculum. Monica mentored and supported me in the early years of my teaching career, and I owe a lot of what I know to her!
The publishing of this book is a great accomplishment that took years of research, writing, and waiting. It is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations. If you teach about forced immigration or the Atlantic slave trade, this text is essential. Perfect for upper elementary students it brings to life the horror and the hope of the Amistad captives’ experience, while emphasizing the resilient strength of the human spirit.
Yay Monica! I am so proud of you! And I am making everyone buy a copy.