Cannibal in the Mirror

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Quotes from explorers, missionaries and writers blend with modern photos to explore the theme of 'uncivilized' cultures and their presence in American society. Primitive customers are first described by Fleischman, then facing pages provide photos of present-day, mainstream activities. A thought-provoking, if not hard to categorize, presentation.

Selections from anthropological writings are paired with photographs of ...

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Overview

Quotes from explorers, missionaries and writers blend with modern photos to explore the theme of 'uncivilized' cultures and their presence in American society. Primitive customers are first described by Fleischman, then facing pages provide photos of present-day, mainstream activities. A thought-provoking, if not hard to categorize, presentation.

Selections from anthropological writings are paired with photographs of twentieth-century people engaged in similar activities.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
What does a varsity football team have in common with a nineteenth century tribal war-parade? More than you might think. This unusual and stimulating book pairs quotations about barbaric customs of the past with photographs of modern behavior, and the similarities are stunning. Video games, hood ornaments, female mud-wrestlers, jewelry, and skinheads all relate directly to South Sea cannibals, idol worship, sadism, pagan superstition, and terror tactics from the first century A.D. Each double-spread page provides a small glimpse into history and sociology, and a large look at our so-called modern selves. Older readers, who would rather be burned at the stake than seen with a picture book, will be standing in line for this one. It's also an excellent book for teachers and students, as well as parents and children, to read and view together. Every topic is sure to spark lively discussion. As we enter a new millennium feeling culturally more advanced and sophisticated, this book will jolt all ages into taking a closer look at our perceptions of what's civilized. 2000, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 9 up, $23.90. Reviewer: Betty Hicks
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This quirky little book will fascinate teen readers, and justly so. Fleischman, who never lacks for ways to make readers look at things differently, has paired quotations from anthropologists, missionaries, explorers, and others with photographs of modern American life. The results are illuminating, comical, and thought provoking. A quotation about training young men for war among the "South Sea Cannibals" accompanies a picture of men and boys in a video arcade. Perky cheerleaders in California are paired with an eighteenth-century description of how female Choctaws sought the favor of their deity before ball games with rivals by "dancing out of doors all the preceding night, chanting religious notes with their shrill voices." A poignant photo of an elderly man in a wheelchair on a nursing home lawn accompanies a 1907 description of Hottentots taking their elderly into the desert to die. The book is divided into categories that include youth, courtship and marriage, family, appearance, and beliefs—Marco Polo's description of Chinese astrological pamphlets illuminates a shot of tabloid newspapers for sale. One thing leads with cheerful inexorability to another. Savvy teachers can use this colorful book as the springboard for some interesting class projects, but do not be surprised if teen patrons are intrigued enough to start looking for parallels of their own. Photos. Biblio. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Twenty-First Century, 64p, $23.90. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761309680
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Single Titles Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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