There is a vast amount of information in this book on the history, culture, traditions, legends, social structure, food, and contemporary issues of the Aboriginal Australians. The text is clear and easy to understand. There are quite a few full-color pictures that perfectly complement the text. There is even a map of Australia to help the reader understand where the Aboriginal peoples live. The one problem with the map is that the caption explains how the "Commonwealth of Australia is divided into six states and two territories." However, the map does not show the different states and territories, almost as if the caption was meant for another map. The book also includes a time line, "fascinating facts," further reading, web sites, a glossary, and an index. This book, part of the "Indigenous Peoples" series, is a good resource for young readers doing school reports or interested in the Aboriginal Australians. 2004, Weigl Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
Gr 3-5-These titles provide a wealth of information on traditionally underrepresented people in children's books. Each one discusses the history, social structure, language, culture, and current issues facing the indigenous group. Sidebars offer profiles of individuals and additional notes on customs, clothing, and more. The issue of nudity, mentioned specifically in two of the books (with an explanation that due to extremely hot temperatures not much clothing is worn and that the people are "not ashamed of nudity") is handled with care and respect, and the photographs are appropriate for young audiences. Each cover features a striking close-up of a child's face, and the well-designed pages provide a mixture of vivid color photographs, historical drawings, and eye-catching graphics.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.