LIFELINES: The Black Book of Proverbs

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By Askhari Johnson Hodari and Yvonne McCalla Sobers, Foreword by The Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Illustrated by Katie Yamasaki, Broadway Books, 2009

Yamasaki illustrated this collection of proverbs from throughout the African diaspora.

Lifelines - Childhood

Childhood

Below is the book’s description from the Lifeline’s website – www.lifelinesproverbs.com.

This illustrated treasury of proverbs unites the timeless wisdom of Black communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, while speaking to the triumphs and challenges of everyday life.

Proverbs are presented in vibrant story-poem form, and are uniquely arranged by key life cycle events such as birth, initiation, marriage, and death. The proverbs can be found under themes such as “wealth,” “parenting,” “change” and “strength.” Inspired illustrations introduce each section along with beautiful vignettes showing how African proverbs comfort, inspire and instruct during different phases of life.

LIFELINES draws inspiration from the authors’ combined 110 years of experience and proverb gathering.  Askhari Johnson Hodari and Yvonne McCalla Sobers share  proverbs that both tell a story and stand on their own. So whether you flip LIFELINES open to a random page, read Lifelines through from start to finish, or search for a proverb to speak to  your unique circumstance, you’ll find just the right lifeline to provide the comfort and support you’re seeking.

Lifelines - Banana Tree

Banana Tree

Lifelines - Birds in Flight

Birds in Flight

Lifelines - Birth

Birth

Lifelines - Drummer

Drummer

Lifelines - Canoes

Canoes

Lifelines - Crocodile

Crocodile

Lifelines - Community

Community

Lifelines - Elders

Elders

Lifelines - Elders

Elders

Lifelines - Father and Son

Father and Son

Lifelines - Fire

Fire

Lifelines - Elephant

Elephant

Lifelines - Flying Fish

Flying Fish

Lifelines - Funeral

Funeral

Lifelines - Girl

Girl

Lifelines - Giraffe

Giraffe

Lifelines - Hut

Hut

Lifelines - Lion

Lion

Lifelines - Marriage

Marriage

Lifelines - Pregnant Woman

Pregnant Woman

Lifelines - Mother and Baby Working

Mother and Baby Working

Lifelines - Mother with Basket

Mother with Basket

Lifelines - Pensive Woman

Pensive Woman

Lifelines - Profile Woman

Profile Woman

Lifelines - Mask

Mask

Lifelines - Seated Drummer

Seated Drummer

Lifelines - Pyramids

Pyramids

Lifelines - Slingshot

Slingshot

Lifelines - Puff Adler

Puff Adler

Lifelines - Stool

Stool

Lifelines - Slave Trade Map

Slave Trade Map

*Some original paintings are available for sale, price upon request.