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School Library JournalGr 5–9
This attractive and informative set provides well-written, well-researched introductory information about African geography and culture. Each of the first five volumes covers a region within the continent (Central, East, North, Southern , and West Africa ) and opens with introductory information on that area's physical features, biomes, religions, languages, and cultures, and includes an extensive time line. It is followed by color-coded, alphabetically arranged entries examining the region's tribal and ethnic groups; art, sculpture, and textiles; performing arts and literature; and religion and individual cultures in further detail. The entries are supplemented with maps, time lines, "Fact File" sidebars, and high-quality photos and illustrations on almost every spread. The final volume is devoted to single-page geographic and economic profiles of Africa's nations, paragraph-length descriptions of international organizations that operate in Africa, and prominent personalities, including Africans and foreigners who live or lived on the continent. While mention is made of the ecological, public-health, and economic problems faced by much of Africa, the overall focus of the set is positive. Each book contains a volume-specific index and bibliography of books and Web sites as well as a list of general titles about Africa. Entries are cross-referenced, and there is an extensive cumulative index. This quality set will give report writers a solid introduction to the diversity of Africa.
—Mary MuellerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.