Book: Makeda - Queen Of Sheba by Ronald Harrillcategories: Book, Makeda, Ethiopia, Solomon, Kebra Nagast, Religion, Children's Book
Ronald Harrillabout this book: This is a children's book about the Ethiopian princess Makeda, who eventually leads one of the world's most powerful countries as a teen-ager. Makeda realizes that in order to be the best ruler possible, she needs to learn from the best rulers. After speaking with Tamrin, she decides to travel to Jerusalem to study under the tutelage of King Solomon, considered to be the wisest man in the world.
The book was inspired by my studies of the Kebra Nagast, which told the stories of Makeda and other rulers of the Ethiopian empire. I was intrigued also because Makeda was referenced in the Bible in both the Old Testament (as "the Queen Of Sheba" and New Testament (as "The Queen Of The South").
What inspired me was the story of telling children the importance of education, even when it seems you have everything materially in the world. I also like the story of a prominent black female character who was the ruler of a dominant country, particularly in Biblical times.
I did the first edition of this book in 1995 under Winston-Derek Publishing. When the company folded several years later, I was not able to locate the rights to my book until the editor Michael Johnson tracked down the former owner of the company.
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