Ancient Africa

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Where in Africa can you find the world's largest mud-brick building? Why did the Ancient Egyptians mummify bodies? Who gave a giraffe to the Sultan of Tunis? Africa Focus offers fascinating and detailed coverage of a diverse and complex continent. The four titles examine different aspects of Africa and its interaction with the world.
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Overview

Where in Africa can you find the world's largest mud-brick building? Why did the Ancient Egyptians mummify bodies? Who gave a giraffe to the Sultan of Tunis? Africa Focus offers fascinating and detailed coverage of a diverse and complex continent. The four titles examine different aspects of Africa and its interaction with the world.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This set presents a clear and timely overview of the diverse and complex continent. The full-color photographs are of exceptional quality. Each book also includes interesting fact boxes, sidebars, maps, and a time line. African Culture focuses on traditions and how they are relevant for today. Highlights include family and daily life; religion, beliefs, and customs; and the performing and visual arts. Ancient Africa begins with the origin of humankind and continues through the beginning of the slave trade in Europe and America. Early civilizations such as Egypt, ancient Ghana, the Mali Empire, Great Zimbabwe, and Kongo are represented. Invasions and explorations are discussed, as is slavery and colonialism. Changing Africa presents recent positive and negative changes. The rise of poverty and slums is explored, as is the lowered life expectancy due to the spread of malaria and HIV/AIDS. Positive changes include the freedom that voting has brought. Modern Africa chronicles the history of colonial Africa to independence, and the changes that have arisen and continue to manifest themselves. Topics include apartheid and recent and ongoing violence in Rwanda, Darfur, and the Congo. While corrupt leaders continue to hamper Africa's attempts at advancement, the exportation of oil as well as aid from missionaries and international organizations are presented as hopes for the future. Each title will provide adequate information for reports. Schools or libraries without current books on these subjects will welcome this set, and students will enjoy exploring this varied continent.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432924393
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Africa Focus Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 998,574
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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