From School Library Journal
K-Gr 4--The focus here is on the Qampies, a typical black South African family living in "Soweto," a local term for South Western Township. Green describes how this extended family of eight lives in a small, three-room brick house. Seven succinct chapters describe the daily activities of the adults and children-food preparation; meals; transportation; time spent at work, school, and free hours-as well as their hopes for the future. Large, full-color photographs, which appear on almost every page, complement and extend the text. A short introduction provides data on the Republic of South Africa, such as size, population, languages, etc.; boxed insets throughout the book present additional miscellaneous facts about the country and its people. While simply written, this book is impressive in its depiction of a warm, loving family; it clearly shows how most black South Africans live. However, it gives an oversimplified view of the nation in that it fails to mention the disparity of income and lifestyle that exists between its black citizens and white citizens. Also, there is no description of apartheid. As there is little available on living conditions of blacks in South Africa, this title, despite its flaws of omission, will help fill the gap.
Gebregeorgis Yohannes, San Francisco Public Library, CA
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