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Tribal Alphabet Hardcover – May 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Umbrage Editions; Library Binding edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884167713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884167713
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Claudia Pearson graduated with First Class Honors in Graphic Design in the UK in 1992. Disenchanted with typography she went on to work with some of the leading animation companies in London (on Beatrix Potter series and other familiar tales) and to travel round the world. She moved to New York in 1994. Nan Richardson is an editor, writer, and curator. Co-author of Pandemic: Facing AIDS (2003), Havana (2002), Louise Dahl-Wolfe (2000), The White-T (1996), Drag Diaries (1995) and contributor to periodicals including The LA Times Magazine, The Boston Review of Books, Stern, Granta, Interview, Art News, Artforum, Art in America. Former editor of Aperture magazine.

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Format: Hardcover
In our Montessori Lower Elementary class, we learn about how humankind came to be in the Third Great Lesson. This lesson inspires students to research all different cultures from around the world. With extended biomes work such as Waseca's lovely materials, students explore how each people meet their fundamental needs for food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and culture (music/art/games). You can examine the different tribes in Africa to compare them across biomes, or look at the peoples of Grasslands from each continent to see their similarities. This book would be a wonderful addition to such a study.

Whenever I pick up an alphabet book, I immediately look to see if the Q, X, and Z are authentic or if the author had to do some finagling to get them to work with the concept of the book. This book doesn't have that problem at all (Quechua, Xavante, Zulu)! You could use it with younger readers and just read M is for Maori, or you could go deeper and read the two verses of rhyming text that accompany each tribe. There are also additional notes about each tribe in the back of the book (and a pronunciation guide). The end papers show a map of the world with the tribes pictured where they are located and the country for each identified. It's a necessity for any Elementary school library!!!

A note from the author and illustrator at the end explains that they began the project with their own children, to help them appreciate the diversity that's in the world. Sadly, many indigenous peoples are in danger of losing their culture completely. Contact information for the organization "Cultural Survival" is included.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ian F. Hancock on December 3, 2010
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This is a book for children. For letter "R" the "tribe" is "Roma." It tells the readers that there are actually four "tribes" of Roma. It tells them that Roma have a gift for magic and curses, and that Roma are singers and dancers, and prefer to keep moving. They worship goddesses and believe in reincarnation. God help the Romani people if their identity is in the hands of storybook writers, who can compound misinformation upon misinformation in this way. This book, incidentally, won the Stuart Brent Award for Outstanding Children's Literature and the Independent Publishers' Moonbeam Award for Children's Books. God help the Romani people. Ian Hancock
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