Ancient Africa

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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the peoples of a vast and mysterious continent. Color photographs offer a unique view of the people, houses, tools, and artifacts of african cultures and civilizations.
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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to the peoples of a vast and mysterious continent. Color photographs offer a unique view of the people, houses, tools, and artifacts of african cultures and civilizations.
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Gr 5-8These titles boast the same fabulous layout, interesting photographs, and fascinating facts that have made the series so popular. They also have many of the same drawbacks, such as poor depiction of relative size in the photos and topics that are too broad to be covered in one volume. Africa is populated by so many groups that they can't all be addressed in depth here. The book's organization results in a lack of continuity as it moves through discussions of social life and customs with minimal references to place and group names. This problem is compounded by the fact that much of the information is given in broad generalities. Only one small map of the continent is provided, and readers may find it dizzying going back and forth to figure out where they are. Similar problems occur in Gorilla, which is really about primates. This volume does a better job of presenting its topic, however, by focusing on one group or type of primate at a time. Determining the relative size of these mammals is not possible on many of the pages, although in some instances weight and height figures are given. While these books won't be useful for reports, they are fun to browse through.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679973348
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Eyewitness Books Series
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

A land of contrasts 6
A place to live 8
Great civilizations 10
Building a house 12
Home life 14
Life in the compound 16
Finding food 18
Pattern and color 20
Sports and entertainment 22
Female dress 24
Male attire 26
Self-adornment 28
Rulers and leaders 30
Religion and beliefs 32
Myth and magic 36
Medicine and healing 38
A way of death 40
Nations at war 42
Into battle 44
Weapons and armor 46
Barter and exchange 48
A slave's journey 50
Crafts and skills 52
The lost-wax process 54
Gold of the Asante 56
Masks and masquerade 58
Musical instruments 60
Masquerade performed 62
Index 64
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