Maasai

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Children's Literature
Craats 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.
—Joella Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-While the peoples covered here are certainly worthy of study, these books read more like fairly decent term papers than material worth purchasing. The facts tend to be repeated several times throughout, and there is some discrepancy in the vocabulary used. In Bushmen, for example, the author notes that the term "Bushman" is often considered an insulting term and yet it is used throughout. The strength here is the beautiful photos on every page that give readers a glimpse into the culture and life of these people. Considering that there is a real lack of nonfiction for young people addressing the history and daily lives of these indigenous groups, the books might fill a niche, and the glossaries and suggested Web sites could be used for further study. If your library has a significant need for materials that explore various cultures, you may want to overlook the flaws and invest in these titles.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590362556
  • Publisher: Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Indigenous Peoples Ser.
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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