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Examining the extraordinary, fragile, beautiful world we live in and celebrating the enormous diversity of cultures, How People Live takes a unique look at the indigenous peoples of the earth. Using spectacular and intimate photography that highlights each culture's way of life and tells their fascinating story, the book gives readers an immediate understanding of the enormous variety of life in all corners of the Earth.

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Overview

Examining the extraordinary, fragile, beautiful world we live in and celebrating the enormous diversity of cultures, How People Live takes a unique look at the indigenous peoples of the earth. Using spectacular and intimate photography that highlights each culture's way of life and tells their fascinating story, the book gives readers an immediate understanding of the enormous variety of life in all corners of the Earth.

Author Biography: Dr. Deena Freeman has a Ph.D in anthropology and is a specialist in African indigenous people.

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With vibrant pictures and fascinating bits of information on every page, this book takes the reader around the world in 300 pages. Although the book is divided into segments by continent and maps are included, the people are looked at through cultures that may not be defined by geographic boundaries. Individual headings for the cultures of 80-some groups of people around the world provide interesting overviews. Then fascinating bits of single-paragraph information twine around expressive pictures. Unfortunately, the format uses many stereotypes and generalities that may not be accurate. For instance, Amish life is over-simplified with a note that says they never drive cars. Actually, "black-bumper Amish" do drive plain cars. I wish the author told how many of the outfits shown in the book are regular garments and how many are strictly ceremonial. When I was in New Zealand I saw Maori garb during tourist shows, but at a private meeting at a Marae, their clothing was similar to ours. I also was troubled by the fact that on page 293 the Maori population is said to be 14 percent of the population of New Zealand and four pages later the percentage has grown to 16. Lack of attention to such a small checkable detail makes me wonder how carefully other facts were checked. Nevertheless this is a gloriously beautiful book sure to stimulate a child's (or an adult's) interest in the wide world and is worth reading with a grain or two of salt. 2003, DK Publishing Inc, Ages 8 up.
—Janet Crane Barley
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Gr 3-6-This contemporary and very appealing cultural atlas is akin to visiting a particularly well-designed museum exhibit about the people of the world. Though by her own admission there are far too many groups to fit into one book, Freeman makes a valiant effort to include as many as is practical and still keep the book to a manageable size, which is not an easy task. Hundreds of vibrant color photographs interspersed with short paragraphs of text describe all manner of cultural events and artifacts from every corner of the globe. The book is organized by continent, with each section introduced with a general description of the inhabitants, a political map, and abbreviated tables of pertinent statistics on such topics as language, population, and religion. Each introduction is followed by several two-page chapters on countries, geographical regions, or specific cultural or ethnic groups. What it lacks in completeness the text more than makes up for in interesting details and information on both well- and little-known groups of people. This is not the kind of book to absorb in one reading, but rather one to return to again and again, finding something new and surprising each time.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789498670
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

World Map 4
The Global Village 6
The Earth at Night 8
People and Culture 10
Migration 12
North and Central America 14
South America 66
Africa 98
Europe 138
Asia 194
The Pacific and Australia 264
Index 298
Acknowledgments 302
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2004

    Great books for teachers!

    I have to say as a World History and Geography teacher, this book is great! I have been able to dream up many projects and gain a lot of knowledge from this book. There are interesting facts, awesome pictures, an outstanding dissection of different people and it is a book that gives you what you are looking for in one shot. The two weak points of this book is that some of the content is wrong, such as the Chicago cubs is referred to as a football team. Also, there are a few grammar errors throughout the book. The second problem is that this book does not cover all the people of the world. The book talks about the Marsh Arabs (Island Iraqis), but skips over the people of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria. The book talks about Japan, China, and even Siberia, but misses the boat on the Philippines. A full coverage was done of the Europeans, Americans (North, Central and South), and most of the Africans. When you get to Asia and the Pacific, they seemed cheated. Do not misunderstand me, this book is great. At the same time, I wish the author would have covered all the people of the world. Again, this is a great book, but the second edition should include more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    THIS BOOK IS FOR ALL AGES, NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN

    I got this for my 22nd birthday 2 days ago and I really love it. It shows in some parts of it how they combine old world to modern world. The pictures so wonderful. Its better then the refernce series of people, I forgot the title of it. Thank you.

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