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Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions Hardcover – January 1, 1976

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About the Author

Margaret Musgrove is a children's book author and teaches at Loyola University in Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; Edition Unstated edition (January 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803703570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803703575
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ho hum, thought I when I first saw this book. Yet another African alphabet book. It wasn't too long ago that I read, "Jambo Means Hello", the Swahili alphabet book by Muriel Feelings that was published in 1974. That book was okay, but I was disappointed that it didn't distinguish between tribes or acknowledge the advance of technology in Africa in the 1970s. Then I picked up this 1976 Caldecott winning book and upon reading it I was stunned. This book is everything that "Jambo Mean Hello" SHOULD have been. With meticulously researched information, delicate details, and stunning illustrations this book deserves to be read to every single child in elementary school for as long as there are either children or schools.

The book goes through the alphabet by naming a different tribe for each letter. First of all, I was surprised that there actually was an African tribe for every letter in the alphabet. Shows what I know. As we view each tribe we get a stunning illustration of their clothing, towns or villages, and activities. Author Margaret Musgrove describes their life, picking out the most interesting details for each. Through this method we learn that in Baule legend the crocodiles aided them when they were at war with the Ashanti. Or we find out that in the Tuareg tribe the men are veiled and the women do most of the talking, storytelling, and poetry. From A to Z we see a wide spectrum of African inhabitants, ending with a map of Africa that shows where each tribe resides.

But it doesn't stop there. Feelings explains in her Author's Note in the front that modern technology is changing the face of African life, though she contends that the traditions pictured in this book are still being passed on from generation to generation.
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By LJM on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions is one of the most beautiful children's books ever published. It is a unique ABC book in which every letter represents an African tribe. The traditions of each tribe are described in clear text and illustrated with a picture that shows the people, clothing, crafts, type of house, animals and vegetation of the particular tribe. But nothing about this book is pedantic or boring. The text is well researched and each illustration is a unique design. No wonder it won the Caldecott medal for distinguished illustration in 1977 and is still a favorite around the world. So what's my beef? The Picture Puffin edition is cheap and ugly. The cover picture is a ghastly red blur and the inside illustrations are equally distorted in color. It's an insult to the creators. Puffin press should be embarrassed! I was shocked when I saw it and promptly returned it. Do yourself a favor and buy the original 1976 edition (also available on Amazon). It's just a few bucks more and well worth every penny. It's cocktail-table worthy and will be enjoyed by adults perhaps even more than by children.
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Format: Hardcover
"Ashanti to Zulu" presents 26 African tribes, from A to Z, and lets children learn something about the culture and customs of each one. Aside from being a learning experience, the book is visually eye-popping; the illustrations are so gorgeous you'll want to blow them up and frame them. The book won a well-deserved Caldecott Medal for the best illustrated children's book of 1977. It's a great book for helping children to learn about some of the peoples of our least-known populated continent, and the pictures will hold the kids mesmerized. It's a volume that belongs on every youngsters bookshelf.
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Format: Paperback
An A-to-Z alphabet book for children in which the examples for the letters are twenty-six different tribes in Africa, exhibiting some of their varied traditions and customs. Hence, children learn of other peoples. It was illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and it won the 1977 Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a book for children.
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Educationally this is a well written book with beautiful colors and illustrations. As a mother, I am learning about tribes of people in our mother land with this great book! I appreciate the pronunciation help given for each African word introduced.

I think every family- regardless of color should own this book and have a great understanding of the vastness of the countries and tribes of Africa.

My only recommendation is to get the hard cover copy of the book. I ordered paperback, but I first discovered it at the library in hard copy and I wish I ordered it in the hard cover option.

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Beautiful traditions and images from Africa all set to the letters of the alphabet. There is also an excellent map on the last page of the book showing where all the various ethnic groups mentioned in the book are from on the continent. The book also showcases the diversity of the African continent.
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This is an amazing book, practically one of a kind! The information, illustions, and luster of the indigenous African cultures is beautiful to behold. I recommed introducing young children to cultures and peoples as varied as the come to fully portray to them the true beauty of this creation, life. There is nothing so intricate, so inveloping and powerful as life in this form. Pronounciation is given for the tribes names to bring ease of reading, which is, in fact, very enjoyable.
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