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Children's LiteratureCraats explains how animals (especially cattle), ceremonies, and jewelry are important to the Maasai people both in history and with their current lifestyle. At one point the author mentions that "Emuratare" is the most important initiation ceremony. This is the ceremony that boys and girls go through when they reach puberty. Fortunately for sensitive readers, this is just a passing comment and the text does not get into male and female circumcision. Each page in this book, which is part of the "Indigenous Peoples" series, is complemented with color photographs that help to explain concepts and ideas discussed in the text. The sidebars include legends, facts, and a timeline about the Maasai people. The book also contains a glossary, index, list of fascinating facts, further reading and web sites. This is a good book for middle readers who want to learn basic facts about the Maasai people. 2005, Weigl Publishers Inc, Ages 8 to 12.