The author tells the story in third person in a poetic format.
Setting: West Africa, 1725
Author’s Purpose: to show the perspective of a family whose child has been taken by slave traders
Voice: The language the author uses creates a unique voice for Dinga
Personification: The four elements: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air are personified as they seek to mother and then find Musafa.
Summary: Tell the story in sequence from Musafa’s birth to his being found again in the Southern United States in Charleston, South Carolina.
Drawing Conclusions: Do you conclude that Dinga went mad or insane with the disappearance of Musafa or do you think the elements could have communicated Musafa’s whereabouts to him?
Hurricanes: Many hurricanes have hit the South Carolina coast. The author notes at the end of the book that there is a legend in Barbados that says the “hurricane is Mother Africa in search of her lost children.”