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Gr 3-5- Each book provides an introduction to a particular culture and includes basic information on topics such as homes, food, clothing, celebrations, music, and education. It also explains how the environment shapes the people's way of life. The authors note current changes to the traditional nomadic lives of the Maasai of the African savannah and the Tuareg of the Sahara. Bingham stresses the importance of the Dreamtime and ancestor spirits to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Ganges concentrates on a particular place, the holy city of Varanasi, and practices of Hinduism rather than on a specific ethnic group. Each chapter spread includes two or three paragraphs of text and full-color photos. Suitable choices for collections that need updated or additional material on these topics.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, MankatoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.