The exciting true story of Stanley and Livingstone, plus earlier adventures of Africa's first European settlers and explorers, are profiled in this vivdly illustrated title. Full color.
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When I was growing up I loved to read books and watch television shows or movies about Africa--Tarzan, Jungle Jim, Bomba, Ramar, Sheena, etc. This book about the history of Africa and its explorers for young people is in the mold of Usborne or Dorling-Kindersley with lots of photographs and drawings and also many short sidebars with details on each page. It opens with a little about the geography of Africa, and then begins with the Egyptians and Phoenicians, goes through the European exploration period, including Stanley and Livingston, and ends with its partition and modern independence. There is a great deal of interesting information, and my wife Karen used it with our son Jeremy (then age 10) when he was studying world history and geography that year. The only objectionable note that I found was the implication that missionaries "felt it necessary to impose their ways and beliefs on those they saw as inferior." This may have been true of some, but it suggests that this was the primary aim of those who took the Bible to Africa, and that is just not true. Otherwise, it would be a very useful tool for middle school students studying Africa.