Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Magic Mirror by: Zetta Elloitt

Author Zetta Elliott has peaked my interest in finding out more about my ancestors in her book The Magic Mirror.

Kamara has not had a good day at school.  She is unable to share just exactly what happened with her mother.  As she visits with her Gramma, she shares her experience and her sadness about what was said to her.  After talking and crying with her Gramma, she is asked to go and clean the mirror in an upstairs bedroom.  Kamara does as she is told and is amazed at what she sees after cleaning the mirror.  When she clearly sees herself, she then sees a variety of scenes of the lives of her ancestors reflected back at her in the mirror.  She sees the determination of a young slave girl on a boat and in the cotton fields.  She sees a teacher desperately trying to save school children, books and supplies while the school is being burned to the ground.  She sees the mistreatment of her ancestors at restaurants.  She also sees her mother at her college graduation.  In each of these scenes she sees the determination of the individual women and how they overcame hardships in their lives.  Kamara is sure she can live her life with that same determination.  She no longer is concerned about what happened at school that day she is now determined to go and make the world a better place.

I think it would be a wonderful thing to see your ancestors struggle with real-life experiences as they worked to make their life better.  We know that each generation works to make life better for future generations.  No matter where we come from, I believe that we all want to leave the world a better place.

After reading this book, spend sometime with one of your ancestors.  Write down their stories so you will have them to share with your descendants.

Happy Daily Reading


  1. How interesting it would be to actually see our ancestors approach the trials & tribulations of their daily struggle. Their burdens may have been of a different variety than those we face today, but they were not any less daunting than what we may be up against. This is an intriguing method to see the journey unfold.

  2. This sounds like a great story! Thanks for the recommendation!