The 2013 winner of the International Book Awards Children's Picture Book: Non-Fiction! This children's book is the story of Makeda, the young princess of Ethiopia. While leading one of the world’s most powerful countries, Makeda realizes that in order to be a great ruler knowledge is essential. Join Makeda as she travels to Jerusalem to learn from King Solomon, considered the wisest man in the world, and discovers a new world — and herself. Inspired by the stories in the Kebra Nagast.
By Leza H Wallace on February 16, 2013 "This book would be a good choice from a woman's history, biblical history and African history perspective. I highly recommend it!"
By pfgordon on September 2, 2013 "The vivid colorful illustrations and historical journey of a young Ethiopian Queen as told in this book captures the attention of both the young and not so young."
By dn on December 6, 2012 "Impressive illustrations and excellent story about Makeda. My daughters enjoy listening to this book and admiring the beautiful color drawings."
About the Author
Ronald Harrill has volunteered in education for more than 20 years, serving as a mentor, lecturer, consultant, lunch buddy, coach, advisory committee member and community advocate. The Shelby, N.C., native has released the second edition of his children's book "Makeda: Queen Of Sheba" under his own publishing company, R. Harrill Enterprises.
Mr. Harrill has served as a community coordinator in Cleveland County, N.C., for education purposes. He is actively engaged in building community-based groups that served the needs of children and their families.
He is a member of the Cleveland County Schools Close The Achievement Gap advisory committee and currently is serving as chairman of The Cleveland County Arts Council. He is the co-founder of the Community Math Academy, which was founded in 2007 to provide full summer scholarships for elementary students in Cleveland County to study, explore and develop stronger math skills. He has provided information and liaison duties for several counties in North Carolina interested in developing the academic progress of minority students.
Mr. Harrill has visited more than 150 different school groups in the Southeast and has shared information on topics that promote the positive academic achievement of African American students. His history research has included trips to both western and northern Africa.
A graduate of North Carolina A & T State University, Mr. Harrill retired after 33 years with the former Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) in Charlotte, N.C. He is also a graduate of the Bank Administration Institute's School for Bank Administration held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc.