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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761316477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761316473
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone needs this book!
JD
Each page also has a beautiful illustration of children in every country.
Karen
We read this after studying her school lessons.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By BNO on June 20, 2011
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I bought this book for my 4 year old son who is part African in order to, facilitate his learning about his roots. In general, the book is OK but, what is not true to form is the portrayal of most of sub Saharan Africa as a village. All the stories are about poor kids in villages with mud huts! From the book, one would assume yes, Africa is not a continent but, just a series of villages with no electricity nor running water; perpetuating yet another myth about Africa.

It would have been good to also read about the bustling city of Douala where kids rush to catch the school bus or, loud Nairobi with the matatus that take the school kids on field trips. I have not found a book like this yet so, a project in our home is to create one like this for our son.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ein Kunde on January 16, 2004
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It's sort of sad that a book like this is even necessary, but I have seen teachers make assignments such as, "Everyone will do a report on how people live in different places. We need reports on Japan, Mexico, Germany, China, and Africa."
"Africa Is Not a Country" takes a brief look at the 50-some individual contries that make up the African continent. Each country is presented in a two-page spread, with some text and a large illustration. The text works in lots of facts about each country, without being overly academic. The illustrations are large, colorful, and detailed. The book begins with morning and ends at night and depicts people having breakfast, going to school, doing housework, shopping, playing, etc. The emphasis is always on modern people (not wildlife, not "exotic" tribes). Well done.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Merlin on June 28, 2013
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As an African I find it strange that in this century there has to be a book specifically written to teach anyone, even kids, that Africa is not a country but a continent of over 50 sovereign states and thousands of ethnicities. Ironically, I find that most of this ignorance is within the African American community. Even in recent months and years adults still ask me ridiculous questions such as: "can I get a rental car to drive to Africa?".. "Is there real estate and nice houses in Africa?" The latter question, very recent, was by a college-educated female friend, so I Googled the hospital where I was born in one of the largest cities in the world - in Sub-Saharan Africa. I zoomed into the hospital facility and surrounding commercial sky-scrapers. Then I felt sorry for the look of surprise on her face.

A few years ago I traveled home and returned to the US with pictures of my nieces and nephews at their nice homes. The kids looked like and dressed like any middle class American kids from good homes. My friend at first did not believe the images. The expectation was to see starved children in a war-torn village, the type you see on those commercials asking you for money. Or what you see on TV when President Jimmy Carter visits a remote village to do charity work.

This book in particular does not help by portraying erroneously, that most Africans live in one big village of huts and mud houses.

I must also blame Africans for encouraging this misconception. Africans tend to speak in terms of "In Africa we do this, in Africa we do that". Nothing is further from the truth than a monolithic African. As a West African, I do not even know a lot in details about other West Africans, let alone the Eastern and Southern Africans.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2003
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Having visited many classes of young children, I have seen the ignorance that children today have about the African continent and the vast cultures that inhabit the mysterious land. Knight's writing is academic, but not too technical, and playful but honest as she presents a look at the daily lives of children from all over the continent. The book is complete with a listing of all the African countries and important facts about them making it handy in the classroom and wonderful detailed stories about specifically chosen countries making it useful for home story telling. Children need this book and the bst part is that they will love it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 14, 2008
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When my daughter attended a five day camp "Olympics Around the World", each day they reviewed a "country" Japan, Great Britain, India, The United States and Africa. All too often, Africa is treated like a country. This refreshing book reviews the lives of children from different African countries. A map is also included and one is able to locate the various countries. My 5 year old son and 8 year old daughter enjoyed trying to find each country. Each page also has a beautiful illustration of children in every country. This is a wonderful book to have in any child's collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earthmother-from-NJ on August 26, 2010
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While I will admit immediately that I have not read the book yet, I am highly pleased that it was written at all. While working as a pharmacy technician,I mentioned to a patient that I was formerly a librarian at a ritzy private elementary school in Nigeria. She had never even heard of Nigeria,and I informed her that it is indeed the most populous Black nation on Earth. She exclaimed,"Really? I thought that was Africa!". That woman is almost sixty years old,has lived in the US her entire life and I presume at least finished high school. I was appalled to say the least at her ignorance. Perhaps,when I return to education I will make it required reading for all my students,regardless of their age or educational level.
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