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Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions Hardcover – January 1, 1976
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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.Read more ›
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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A simple, but instructive book on different tribes of Africa. Perfect for grade-school level, but of usefulness to adults too.Published 20 days ago by Kenn Hardt
I love this book! Next I will look up each tribe represented in this book to learn more about their rich customs.Published 6 months ago by Paula D Adams
Engaging text with stunning illustrations...great introduction to some African traditions and culture.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great history lesson. I learned a lot and the graphics are amazing.Published 22 months ago by isabelle
Beautiful pictures and stories that complimented our studies on Ancient Kush and Africa. This was real treat and fun way to learn about unfamiliar traditions and culture.Published on March 28, 2014 by Emily
I read this book in 1980 in Kindergarten. It was one of my favorite books then and one of my favorite books now. Great job!Published on October 12, 2013 by J.Marie
Nice colored painting and understandable comments.
Is a lecture of just 10 minutes in the beginning. But
step by step you get more exited.
As you might read from other reviewers, it is a great alphabet book. However, the illustrations teach children misconceptions about Africans that are not necessarily true. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by HorcriKiller