Sahara

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The Tuareg people of the Sahara are nomads who use camels to caravan across vast distances to trade. Photographer Jan Reynolds presents an intimate view of their daily lives from a young Tuareg boy’s point of view.

The award-winning Vanishing Cultures seven-book series, now available again in beautiful, updated editions. Features photographic accounts of children from indigenous cultures around the world-exploring their daily lives, ...

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Overview

The Tuareg people of the Sahara are nomads who use camels to caravan across vast distances to trade. Photographer Jan Reynolds presents an intimate view of their daily lives from a young Tuareg boy’s point of view.

The award-winning Vanishing Cultures seven-book series, now available again in beautiful, updated editions. Features photographic accounts of children from indigenous cultures around the world-exploring their daily lives, relationships with their environments, and challenges in a changing world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Families, typical of those who have lived for countless generations in the Sahara, the Himalaya, the Far North, and Down Under, are the focus of photographer/author Jan Reynold's outstanding "vanishing cultures" series. Ms. Reynolds' clear color photographs and informative, interestingly written narrative reflect the insight only first-hand experience can provide. (When you and your youngsters read each "About This Book" section, you'll find yourselves as impressed and fascinated by this resourceful woman as the people with whom she lived and described-respectively the Tuareg, Sherpa, Sami, and Aborigine!). After a brief description of their habitat, Ms. Reynolds follows a contemporary family going about its traditional daily activities, with an emphasis on children's roles. These stimulating views will provide readers the wherewithal for lively comparison-(how are we alike/different?), thoughtful conjecture-(what ways might modern technology impinge?), and speculative discussions-(will change be for better or worse?) of these endangered life-styles, and inspire additional research.
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
This fascinating look at a disappearing group chronicles the author's journey with a tribe of Tuareg people as they journey through the desert on the way to a camel race. The author joins the tribe as they begin an average day in the desert: caring for their camels, cooking their meals and undertaking daily chores. The journey to the racing ground showcases how the Tuareg tribes learned to survive in the desert and how they played an important role in trade caravans. While trade across the desert by camel caravan has been replaced by trucks and planes, the tribes continue to retain their traditional way of life, performing tasks as they have been performed for hundreds of years. Reynolds spent several days photographing a single tribe of Tuareg people. The photographs are the focus of the text and feature brief descriptions of the journey and tasks undertaken by the tribe over the course of the photographer's stay with the tribe. The photographs showcase a remarkable people and are well worth the price. The text is part of the "Vanishing Cultures" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600601316
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Vanishing Cultures Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 774,925
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer of children's books whose work has also appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. An avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer, Reynolds enjoys traveling the world and immersing herself in little-known cultures. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Stowe, Vermont.
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