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Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself

by Carla Mooney, Megan Sterns
     
 

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Separating the vast continent into its many distinct and diverse countries, this comprehensive reference introduces the ancient civilizations and tribes, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of Africa. With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using easily accessible supplies and even recycled materials, this study clearly demonstrates what life is like in

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Separating the vast continent into its many distinct and diverse countries, this comprehensive reference introduces the ancient civilizations and tribes, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of Africa. With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using easily accessible supplies and even recycled materials, this study clearly demonstrates what life is like in each unique setting. Step-by-step instructions show how to make shields for an initiation ceremony, cook banana fritters and benne cakes, and design animal masks to celebrate the seasons. Summarizing one of the world's largest and most populous landscapes, this overview also touches on the obstacles overcome by the African people and how the global community can help them face future challenges.

Editorial Reviews

Calliope Magazine
Chock full of interesting facts, word-helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource.
From the Publisher

"Casual and informative, this large, attractive, browsable paperback in the Build It Yourself series offers a view of contemporary African life that reaches far beyond the usual scenery-and-wildlife tourists' perspective."  —Booklist

"Has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more ...and would be useful for assignments and programming ideas."  —School Library Journal

"Chock full of interesting facts, word-helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource."  —Calliope Magazine

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This book has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more. The introduction includes a full-page, labeled map of Africa and the surrounding waters. Each chapter is easy to understand, with just enough facts to give readers a picture of this fascinating continent. "Words to Know" boxes appear in each chapter, resulting in more than 200 highlighted words with definitions. The book includes well-known topics (Nile River, rainforest, savanna, ancient Egypt, etc.) as well as natural wonders, minerals, wildlife, and challenges such as AIDS and hunger. Additional sidebars provide information on beadwork, Kente cloth, Adinkra printing, shantytowns, 2010 World Cup, and more. The 25 projects require easily obtainable materials and can be completed in two to seven steps. All are illustrated with black-and-white drawings. Children will learn how to craft a golden amulet, a leopard mask, a basket, a Mancala game, rock paintings, a Masai beaded necklace, an African rain stick, and more. Adult assistance is suggested when using a stove or knife. Fascinating trivia further enhances the experience, such as the double meanings of Zulu bead colors, the more than 1000 different languages spoken in Africa, and how in Ethiopia tables are covered with flatbread that diners break apart to wrap around their food. This title will be useful for assignments and/or programming ideas.—Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934670415
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Casual and informative, this large, attractive, browsable paperback in the Build It Yourself series offers a view of contemporary African life that reaches far beyond the usual scenery-and-wildlife tourists' perspective."  —Booklist

"Has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more ...and would be useful for assignments and programming ideas."  —School Library Journal

"Chock full of interesting facts, word-helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource."  —Calliope Magazine

Meet the Author

Carla Mooney is a writer who has been featured in Golfer Girl, Highlights, and Learning Through History. She is the author of Asante Samuel, Dads, Teach Your Child About Becoming a Sister, and Vanessa Hudgens. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Megan Stearns is a freelance artist and has completed many commissions, including portraits of animals, people, and landscapes; T-shirt designs; and children’s book illustrations. She lives in Mattituck, New York.

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