Ethiopia

Ethiopia

by Irene Cumming Kleeberg
     
 

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Gr 5-8 A simplistic, biased, inaccurate survey of the geography, history, culture, religion and current problems (primarily drought and starvation) of contemporary Ethiopia. Daily newspapers, with all of their weaknesses, provide better coverage of developments since the overthrow of Haile Selassie in 1974 than this book. There are numerous uninformative, simplistic statements, such as, ``Islam completely rules the lives of its believers,'' but no information on the beliefs or practices of Islam is given. Numerous references are made to war in recent years, but there is no clear statement about who is fighting or why. Ethiopian farming methods are said to be ``very primitive,'' but no farming methods are mentioned. Transportation is said to have ``always been poor in Ethiopia,'' but no historical evidence about transportation is given. The book catalogs what Ethiopians lack that Americans have and ignores all historical and contemporary Ethiopian accomplishments. There are factual errors; the illiteracy rate is given as 90%, but the mass literacy campaign of 1979-1983 reached 10 million people, making the current illiteracy rate 75% or less. Ethiopia's geography is said to differ from other countries because of the influence of the Great Rift Valley, but the Rift Valley runs almost the whole length of eastern Africa. Kleeberg has such a strong anti-Communist bias that she denies that there is any information on the current government and lists no sources for further reading. However, information is available in newsletters, scholarly sources and Ethiopian and international government publications. Children will find more substantive information in Kaula's The Land and People of Ethiopia (Lippincott, 1972) and Perl's Ethiopia: Land of the Lion (Morrow, 1972; o.p.). Nancy J. Schmidt, Indiana University Library, Bloomington

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531101155
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/1986
Series:
First Books Series
Pages:
72
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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