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A beautiful Ethiopian princess must use courage, strength, and leadership to conquer a dangerous enemy set on destroying the wealthy Kingdom of Sheba. Princess Makeda was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. Grief-stricken, yet angry for vengeance, Make A beautiful Ethiopian princess must use courage, strength, and leadership to conquer a dangerous enemy set on destroying the wealthy Kingdom of Sheba. Princess Makeda was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. Grief-stricken, yet angry for vengeance, Makeda must use her intelligence and resiliency to navigate a toxic, male-dominated hierarchy. With the odds stacked against her and her back against the wall, Makeda embarks on the deadliest mission of her life to restore honor and safety to the Kingdom of Sheba. This African Fantasy Epic is beautifully written and illustrated for both grade school children as well as fans of afrocentric anime, comics, and graphic novels. If you like historical fiction with a powerful black female hero, then you will love this ancient tale of courage and redemption. Buy Makeda the Queen of Sheba today to experience her incredible journey from young princess to legendary African queen.


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A beautiful Ethiopian princess must use courage, strength, and leadership to conquer a dangerous enemy set on destroying the wealthy Kingdom of Sheba. Princess Makeda was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. Grief-stricken, yet angry for vengeance, Make A beautiful Ethiopian princess must use courage, strength, and leadership to conquer a dangerous enemy set on destroying the wealthy Kingdom of Sheba. Princess Makeda was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. Grief-stricken, yet angry for vengeance, Makeda must use her intelligence and resiliency to navigate a toxic, male-dominated hierarchy. With the odds stacked against her and her back against the wall, Makeda embarks on the deadliest mission of her life to restore honor and safety to the Kingdom of Sheba. This African Fantasy Epic is beautifully written and illustrated for both grade school children as well as fans of afrocentric anime, comics, and graphic novels. If you like historical fiction with a powerful black female hero, then you will love this ancient tale of courage and redemption. Buy Makeda the Queen of Sheba today to experience her incredible journey from young princess to legendary African queen.

30 review for Makeda: The Queen of Sheba

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A illustrated storybook about how the Princess of Sheba became the Queen of Sheba based on African folklore. The author, Marlon McKinney, wrote this when he saw their weren't many stories about powerful black women. He wanted to put more stories out there for girls like his daughter to be inspired by. Received a review copy from Conscious Culture Publishing and NetGalley. A illustrated storybook about how the Princess of Sheba became the Queen of Sheba based on African folklore. The author, Marlon McKinney, wrote this when he saw their weren't many stories about powerful black women. He wanted to put more stories out there for girls like his daughter to be inspired by. Received a review copy from Conscious Culture Publishing and NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oyinda

    Book 334 of 2021 Thank you netgalley 🥰

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This story of how the Princess of Sheba became the Queen of Sheba, is apparently based on folklore. Although we don't know anything about the real queen of Sheba's childhood, apparently there are stories and folklore about things that happened to her, and so this story was based on this. Written and illustrated by the Black author as a gift to the world, and to his daughter to show that there were famous and skilled Black women in stories. It is stunning to look at, and like good folklore, the her This story of how the Princess of Sheba became the Queen of Sheba, is apparently based on folklore. Although we don't know anything about the real queen of Sheba's childhood, apparently there are stories and folklore about things that happened to her, and so this story was based on this. Written and illustrated by the Black author as a gift to the world, and to his daughter to show that there were famous and skilled Black women in stories. It is stunning to look at, and like good folklore, the heroine has to fight to get what she wants. And since representation matters, it is all the better that she fights and succeeds. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I purchased this storybook to read to my grandchildren and was pleasantly surprised by the set of illustrations and enjoyed reading it myself. The content is presented more like a graphic novel, and I also liked the inclusion of the Laws of Leadership. I would recommend it. - This review is for the hardback edition of the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    This was a short but lovely fairytale-esque story. I thought the art was very unique, and it felt like I was inside a video game with the 3D characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This was amazing I loved it the Art, the characters and the plot. The art was phenomenal and so good. This based off the actually legends of the king, queen and princess of Sheba. I highly recommend this to everyone and I will be getting a physical copy when its published.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 6th September 2021 - publication day! I really enjoyed this book! I thought that this was a great retelling of the folktale of the Queen of Shaba and how she came to the throne – I love books like this and I have a real fondness of mythology and folklore. This book had some excellent illustrations, they have a real CGI feel to them - I will admit that I am not normally a fan of that style but it is done really well in the book and works so well to bring the Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 6th September 2021 - publication day! I really enjoyed this book! I thought that this was a great retelling of the folktale of the Queen of Shaba and how she came to the throne – I love books like this and I have a real fondness of mythology and folklore. This book had some excellent illustrations, they have a real CGI feel to them - I will admit that I am not normally a fan of that style but it is done really well in the book and works so well to bring the story to life It was an additive read and thoroughly enjoyable and it was great to see the different range of characters and such a strong female lead - a really positive book! It is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    *Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.* I liked the idea of this comic, just not the execution. The idea for more stories of Black Women empowerment is something I love to see. However, the actual story was lack luster and fell flat. The pacing was off and there was no emotional connection. I also did not like the video game style of art.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tresha Green

    This is an amazing graphic novel of a black princess coming into being a queen. How this is achieved is by following the 9 laws of leadership. A powerful message to guide young ones that they can see themselves in a book and that they are someone of importance as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rupkatha Bhattacharjee

    Makeda: Queen of Sheba is based on the historical and religious figure of the same name. It follows Makeda from her childhood to her becoming the great queen of Sheba. The graphic novel is highly enjoyable and portrays the vast beauties of Sheba so wonderfully. The art style is unique and as many reviewers already mentioned, it makes you feel as if you're in an animated movie ot a video game. The language is simple and this would make an amazing bed time story for young children who need a hero in Makeda: Queen of Sheba is based on the historical and religious figure of the same name. It follows Makeda from her childhood to her becoming the great queen of Sheba. The graphic novel is highly enjoyable and portrays the vast beauties of Sheba so wonderfully. The art style is unique and as many reviewers already mentioned, it makes you feel as if you're in an animated movie ot a video game. The language is simple and this would make an amazing bed time story for young children who need a hero in their life who is as brave, strong and wonderful as Makeda. Makeda teaches children to not give up, to take responsibility for their actions and be a just and incredible leader. 5/5 stars, will recommend to everyone I meet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    I received a free eARC from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Makeda: The Queen of Sheba was a lovely story about a princess and her journey to become queen of a powerful East African nation. It's told in the tradition of an oral history, depicting Makeda's legendary rise to power by defeating the Serpent King, a beast who caused chaos in her kingdom, and killed her father, the king. The illustrations are beautiful, and have a certain CGI feel to them, so they I received a free eARC from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Makeda: The Queen of Sheba was a lovely story about a princess and her journey to become queen of a powerful East African nation. It's told in the tradition of an oral history, depicting Makeda's legendary rise to power by defeating the Serpent King, a beast who caused chaos in her kingdom, and killed her father, the king. The illustrations are beautiful, and have a certain CGI feel to them, so they almost seem three dimensional. I particularly loved all the gorgeous hairstyles. The colours are also bright, bold, and appealing. I would have loved this book as a child. I loved reading about a brave, intelligent, African Queen, who shows that perseverance and determination are important tools for everyone. Without them, Makeda may never have become the Queen of Sheba, and her name might be just a footnote in history. I think it so so important for children to absorb all kinds of stories, and illustrated books like this also let them take in visual information as well. I think that this is a delightful book, and I'm sure many parents will enjoy reading and sharing this with their children, especially those who want to instil beliefs of equality, feminism, and anti-racism in their children. I also think, like the author, that young Black girls need more historical role models of smart, capable Black women to look up to.

  12. 4 out of 5

    LaSheba Baker

    Great! A tale about the rise of Princess Makeda of Sheba to the throne as queen. Set in 1500 B.C.E., with beautiful CGI-style illustrations that create a unique vibrant flair. The storyline is engaging and refreshing with an adventurous young heroine. The legendary Queen of Sheba (also known as Queen of the South) renowned as wise, a skilled diplomat, and a powerful queen in a time of kings. The Bible speaks of her: “And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of Great! A tale about the rise of Princess Makeda of Sheba to the throne as queen. Set in 1500 B.C.E., with beautiful CGI-style illustrations that create a unique vibrant flair. The storyline is engaging and refreshing with an adventurous young heroine. The legendary Queen of Sheba (also known as Queen of the South) renowned as wise, a skilled diplomat, and a powerful queen in a time of kings. The Bible speaks of her: “And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions” (KJV 1 Kings 10:1). Many Ethiopians claim this queen as their own. There is some geo-historical rivalry with Yemen who also claim this queen. However, it is quite possible her ancient kingdom included both present day Ethiopia and Yemen.   An enjoyable read! 💕👸🏾 Book Quotes: "Traders from Egypt, Greece, Persia, and India would come from hundreds of miles by land and sea to visit the beautiful city." "Fact, fiction, or religious icon, The Queen of Sheba will always be a symbol of royalty, beauty, and a powerful woman in control of her own destiny." Queen of Sheba's gold found by archaeologists https://www.pri.org/stories/2012-02-1...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Makeda: The Queen of Sheba by Marlon McKenney Pub Date 06 Sep 2021 Conscious Culture Publishing Children's Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History I am reviewing a copy of Makeda: The Queen of Sheba through Conscious Culture Publishing and Netgalley: Princess Makeda was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. Both grief stricken and angry for vengeance Makeda uses her intell Makeda: The Queen of Sheba by Marlon McKenney Pub Date 06 Sep 2021 Conscious Culture Publishing Children's Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History I am reviewing a copy of Makeda: The Queen of Sheba through Conscious Culture Publishing and Netgalley: Princess Makeda was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. Both grief stricken and angry for vengeance Makeda uses her intelligence and resiliency to navigate through a a toxic, male-dominated hierarchy. Despite the odds stacked against her and having her back against the wall, Makeda embarks on the deadliest mission of her life to restore honor and safety to the Kingdom of Sheba. Makeda: The Queen of Sheba is a beautifully written and illustrated for both grade school children as well as fans of afrocentric anime, comics, and graphic novels. If you are looking for a book with a strong and powerful black female hero, then you will love this ancient tale of courage and redemption. I give Makeda: The Queen of Sheba five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. A beautiful inspiring and inventive tale of the young future queen of Sheba. The story is about how the Ethiopian king Agabos at his deathbed after fighting a menacing enemy to his city, decided to appoint his strong and brave daughter, the princess Makeda, to succeed him and how the young Makeda with her courage fought and could slay the monster that killed her father and was terrorising her people to become Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. A beautiful inspiring and inventive tale of the young future queen of Sheba. The story is about how the Ethiopian king Agabos at his deathbed after fighting a menacing enemy to his city, decided to appoint his strong and brave daughter, the princess Makeda, to succeed him and how the young Makeda with her courage fought and could slay the monster that killed her father and was terrorising her people to become the great queen of Sheba that we know. The story is well written with 3D illustrations which is a first for me to read a book with this kind of art and I have to say that it was so well done that I really enjoyed it. A great story about family, respect, love, courage and so many other things that could inspire many readers and a beautiful way to learn more about the African history through fiction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. A beautiful inspiring and inventive tale of the young future queen of Sheba. The story is about how the Ethiopian king Agabos at his deathbed after fighting a menacing enemy to his city, decided to appoint his strong and brave daughter, the princess Makeda, to succeed him and how the young Makeda with her courage fought and could slay the monster that killed her father and was terrorising her people to become Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. A beautiful inspiring and inventive tale of the young future queen of Sheba. The story is about how the Ethiopian king Agabos at his deathbed after fighting a menacing enemy to his city, decided to appoint his strong and brave daughter, the princess Makeda, to succeed him and how the young Makeda with her courage fought and could slay the monster that killed her father and was terrorising her people to become the great queen of Sheba that we know. The story is well written with 3D illustrations which is a first for me to read a book with this kind of art and I have to say that it was so well done that I really enjoyed it. A great story about family, respect, love, courage and so many other things that could inspire many readers and a beautiful way to learn more about the African history through fiction.

  16. 4 out of 5

    gingerfordays

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I think the reason why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would is because of the art style. It is by no means bad, but for some reason it was really distracting for me while reading, since it looks so much like CGI. I understand how much time it takes to create 3D looking art like this, but once I noticed how many of the background characters were copied and pasted over and Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I think the reason why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would is because of the art style. It is by no means bad, but for some reason it was really distracting for me while reading, since it looks so much like CGI. I understand how much time it takes to create 3D looking art like this, but once I noticed how many of the background characters were copied and pasted over and over (especially their faces), I couldn’t unsee it. I also thought this book was going to be an overview of Makeda’s life and legacy, but it was centered specifically around one legend/myth. (I had an issue with the formatting and the placement of the words in conjunction with the illustrations, but that could just be how the eARC read on my phone. It could be different in the physical version.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Gerkovich

    I had heard about the queen of Sheba, but never really knew the story and WOW! I loved it! This book, an illustrated story about the queen of Sheba and how she came to power, was short, but very entertaining the entire time. I loved the art style that was used in here. It almost looked like a video game. Which by the way this story would make an awesome video game, just saying. Considering how short it was I felt a lot of emotion and power from this book, more than some full novels are even able I had heard about the queen of Sheba, but never really knew the story and WOW! I loved it! This book, an illustrated story about the queen of Sheba and how she came to power, was short, but very entertaining the entire time. I loved the art style that was used in here. It almost looked like a video game. Which by the way this story would make an awesome video game, just saying. Considering how short it was I felt a lot of emotion and power from this book, more than some full novels are even able to convey. Makeda, is a beautiful, strong, and powerful woman and is someone I think everyone should know about. She's especially someone for young girls to look up to and aspire to be. Please read this if you have the chance! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nessa

    Thank you Netgalley for the eARC! This was an interesting story but it was not what I expected at all. The authour did research on the topic and states which parts of the story are fact and fiction which was nice to see. I thought the illustrations were very unique and it’s cool cause the authour does all 3D illustrations himself. I’ve never seen a book illustrated like that. I thought this story was going to be more of a lifelong bio of the Queen of Sheba, but it’s only about one folktale in he Thank you Netgalley for the eARC! This was an interesting story but it was not what I expected at all. The authour did research on the topic and states which parts of the story are fact and fiction which was nice to see. I thought the illustrations were very unique and it’s cool cause the authour does all 3D illustrations himself. I’ve never seen a book illustrated like that. I thought this story was going to be more of a lifelong bio of the Queen of Sheba, but it’s only about one folktale in her life. The book also lists Makeda’s 9 laws of leadership which I thought were interesting. Overall this book was fascinating to read and would make for a great story to read to children. 3.5/5 Stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was provided a free copy of this from @netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I spent three years in Ethiopia while in high school, so I was excited to see this one available! This was a fun read. It was a mixture of real historical figures and Ethiopian legend. It is a great story about a strong girl who learns how to become a warrior and a Queen! I loved the lesson that even though her first idea to defeat the beast didn't succeed, she didn't give up and ultimately (spoiler! 😉) was able I was provided a free copy of this from @netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I spent three years in Ethiopia while in high school, so I was excited to see this one available! This was a fun read. It was a mixture of real historical figures and Ethiopian legend. It is a great story about a strong girl who learns how to become a warrior and a Queen! I loved the lesson that even though her first idea to defeat the beast didn't succeed, she didn't give up and ultimately (spoiler! 😉) was able to conquer the beast! The illustrations are gorgeous! This was a fun book! It is scheduled to be published 6 September, so put it on your list of books to get soon! #WeNeedDiverseBooks #NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Sophia

    This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review In the 1500 BC the Kingdom of Sheba is flourishing and prospering under the leadership of King Agabos and Queen Ismenie and their daughter Makada. Makada being the only child is trained by her father with the 9 laws of leadership; Family Respect Responsibility Belief Education Action Creativity Communication Resilience 8 years after, the Kingdom of Sheba is put at risk when the venomous snake Arwe attacks and terrorises the kingdom. Makada is put t This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review In the 1500 BC the Kingdom of Sheba is flourishing and prospering under the leadership of King Agabos and Queen Ismenie and their daughter Makada. Makada being the only child is trained by her father with the 9 laws of leadership; Family Respect Responsibility Belief Education Action Creativity Communication Resilience 8 years after, the Kingdom of Sheba is put at risk when the venomous snake Arwe attacks and terrorises the kingdom. Makada is put to the task to prove her loyalty and dedication to her Kingdom when her father dies at the jaws of Arwe. With doubt from her mother the queen, and the general Amari, surrounding Makada, she battles to find her courage and confidence in the 9 laws of leadership.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Frida

    I received an eARC copy from Conscious Culture Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Queen of Sheba has been an inspiration for many centuries to many artists. During the Italian Renaissance (talking about the period XIV-XVII century here), she appeared on the Florence Baptistery's bronze doors made by Lorenzo Ghiberti, in frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli in Pisa and the Raphael Loggie in the Vatican. Even earlier, in the XII century, sculptures of the Queen of Sheba were used I received an eARC copy from Conscious Culture Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Queen of Sheba has been an inspiration for many centuries to many artists. During the Italian Renaissance (talking about the period XIV-XVII century here), she appeared on the Florence Baptistery's bronze doors made by Lorenzo Ghiberti, in frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli in Pisa and the Raphael Loggie in the Vatican. Even earlier, in the XII century, sculptures of the Queen of Sheba were used to decorate great Gothic cathedrals such as Chartres, Rheims, Amiens, and Wells. Many movies and TV series were filmed about her, operas and ballets composed. She is also a part of Biblical narratives, mentioned in Christian scriptures, Coptic legends, Ethiopian national saga; Jewish literature and the Quran also share the story of the Queen of Sheba that has similarities with the Bible. Her story spreads through many centuries, many countries, many continents. The outstandingly written and illustrated storybook pictures Makeda and her becoming the Queen of Sheba. With her strength, faith, dedication, wits, and love for her people, Makeda managed to defeat the Serpent King, a terrible beast who killed her father, King Agabos, and brought mayhem to the kingdom and rise to be the queen and the protector of her nation. The 3D-feel illustrations, with their bright and bold colours, are a delight to look at; I simply know that many parents and children will love and read this mythical story countless times. This brave young black woman instils beliefs of courage, women's empowerment, equality, and anti-racism, and we need more of these inspiring stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zamora Logan

    This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Princess Makeda who was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. From the rich illustrations to the story of grief, confidence, faltering and triumph this book is a great representation of the rich African diaspora that should be shared with all children. McKenney goes further into the story to lay the framework of Makeda's 9 L This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Princess Makeda who was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. From the rich illustrations to the story of grief, confidence, faltering and triumph this book is a great representation of the rich African diaspora that should be shared with all children. McKenney goes further into the story to lay the framework of Makeda's 9 Lays of Leadership which allows readers to see that leadership is not always about brute strength but respect, taking responsibility and other worth attributes. I highly recommend this book for those guiding children grades elementary to middle school and beyond.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zamora Logan

    This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Princess Makeda who was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. From the rich illustrations to the story of grief, confidence, faltering and triumph this book is a great representation of the rich African diaspora that should be shared with all children. McKenney goes further into the story to lay the framework of Makeda's 9 L This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Princess Makeda who was born into a loving royal family but when her father, King Agabos, unexpectedly dies, the lives of Makeda and her mother, Queen Ismenie, are turned upside-down. From the rich illustrations to the story of grief, confidence, faltering and triumph this book is a great representation of the rich African diaspora that should be shared with all children. McKenney goes further into the story to lay the framework of Makeda's 9 Lays of Leadership which allows readers to see that leadership is not always about brute strength but respect, taking responsibility and other worth attributes. I highly recommend this book for those guiding children grades elementary to middle school and beyond.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Animesh Das (Booksandbeard)

    I absolutely loved the way author Marlon McKenney has presented the story of Queen Sheba in a beautiful way. Through the mastery of his writing style, narration and illustration, the author has made the character alive. I am happy and hopeful that this particular work will help incourage young people especially girls to raise their voice against injustice. I sincerely believe this work will encourage the African-american youths to be proud of their culture and explore the beauty and richness of I absolutely loved the way author Marlon McKenney has presented the story of Queen Sheba in a beautiful way. Through the mastery of his writing style, narration and illustration, the author has made the character alive. I am happy and hopeful that this particular work will help incourage young people especially girls to raise their voice against injustice. I sincerely believe this work will encourage the African-american youths to be proud of their culture and explore the beauty and richness of African culture and tradition. Thank you for writing this brilliant story. I am looking forward to read more from the author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eliani

    Makeda was a short but dynamic story. What a fantastic representation of people of color being strong throughout history. As well as the determination of a young woman to make her community better and that gender doesn't define her ability to lead. The fact this was written and illustrated by a black author as a gift to his daughter makes the story and its meaning more powerful and sweet. Upon requesting I had no knowledge of Makeda and the stories about her. This has definitely sparked an intere Makeda was a short but dynamic story. What a fantastic representation of people of color being strong throughout history. As well as the determination of a young woman to make her community better and that gender doesn't define her ability to lead. The fact this was written and illustrated by a black author as a gift to his daughter makes the story and its meaning more powerful and sweet. Upon requesting I had no knowledge of Makeda and the stories about her. This has definitely sparked an interest in her history and Marlon McKenney's other works! **Thank you to Conscious Culture Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **

  26. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Mullen

    This book is about the kingdom of Sheba in 1500 BC. It talks about how beautiful the city was and that the people felt safe because of the Royal family. Talks about princess makeda learning about how to be a good Queen how to be a warrior. It tells how she became Queen and the struggles that she faced. Afterward it talks about the difference between what is real and what's not with the Queen of Sheba. I thought it was a very good story I don't remember ever reading before. I love that I'm able to This book is about the kingdom of Sheba in 1500 BC. It talks about how beautiful the city was and that the people felt safe because of the Royal family. Talks about princess makeda learning about how to be a good Queen how to be a warrior. It tells how she became Queen and the struggles that she faced. Afterward it talks about the difference between what is real and what's not with the Queen of Sheba. I thought it was a very good story I don't remember ever reading before. I love that I'm able to find these stories to share with my kids so they're not just hearing the same stories they're getting to learn about different cultures.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Achu Aswathi

    This is such a good read with illustrations. The way the story of Makeda was narrated was so good. From her childhood till she became queen to rule. My dream of taming wild animals as pets was shown in this book, Shaba and Samson was the lion and lioness who was with her and her support while she was killing the monstrous serpent. We can learn many things from Makeda, the way she cares for her family and the people of Sheba, her boldness, and the innovative ideas to solve problems when things fa This is such a good read with illustrations. The way the story of Makeda was narrated was so good. From her childhood till she became queen to rule. My dream of taming wild animals as pets was shown in this book, Shaba and Samson was the lion and lioness who was with her and her support while she was killing the monstrous serpent. We can learn many things from Makeda, the way she cares for her family and the people of Sheba, her boldness, and the innovative ideas to solve problems when things fail to take responsibility and accepting the truth, and a confident girl.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Molly Em

    This was an exciting story for young readers all about how Makeda becomes the Queen of Sheba. It is a simple read for children and I liked that the author included a little note about the fact vs. fiction of the Queen of Sheba. I can see this book being a starting point for young historians wanting to learn more about important historical figures. I did not give this book a perfect 5/5 rating because I found the computer rendered art a little bit strange.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bengali Girl

    Very little has been written about the Queen of Sheba so this was a treat to read. It is an easy for kids and inspiring for little girls. The research was done well and story was well-written. Thank you #NetGalley and Conscious Culture Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah C

    The graphics in this novel are absolutely STUNNING! I love the story and background of Makeda as I didn't know much of the history surrounding this woman. I would love for my daughter to read this when she is older! It has some wonderful stories about her life. The graphics in this novel are absolutely STUNNING! I love the story and background of Makeda as I didn't know much of the history surrounding this woman. I would love for my daughter to read this when she is older! It has some wonderful stories about her life.

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