A Is for Africa

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A picture alphabet in which the author, a press photographer, focuses her lens on people carrying on their traditional crafts and tribal customs, but also having fun in ways which echo family life the world over. The book introduces children to African crafts and customs.

The author, a member of the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, presents text and her own photographs of twenty-six things, from A to Z, representative of all African peoples. ...

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Overview

A picture alphabet in which the author, a press photographer, focuses her lens on people carrying on their traditional crafts and tribal customs, but also having fun in ways which echo family life the world over. The book introduces children to African crafts and customs.

The author, a member of the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, presents text and her own photographs of twenty-six things, from A to Z, representative of all African peoples.

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``This alphabet is based on my own favorite images of the Africa I know,'' writes Onyefulu, a member of the Igbo tribe who grew up in Nigeria and now lives in London. And though her penetrating photos were taken in her native country, she notes that the traditions and spirit she hopes to convey are common to ``all the peoples of this vast, friendly, colorful continent.'' The beautifully composed color photos, arranged alphabetically by subject, feature objects or practices representing various facets of African customs and culture: ``B is for the Beads a girl may wear on her head, ears or neck''; ``R is for River. Africans believe many rivers are sacred.'' Emphasized throughout are individuals' affection and concern for one another (``E is the embrace we give our loved ones''; ``K is for Kola nuts offered to guests to show warmth and friendship''; ``S is for Shaking hands''). A talented photographer, Onyefulu affords her audience an incisive, sophisticated view of her homeland's rich heritage. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525651475
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    I read it in school and I loved it!

    It give kids like myself to learn a little about Africa.Africa is a wonderful place from what I have heard.

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