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AFRICA FOR KIDS:
Exploring a Vibrant Continent
19 Activities

Author: Harvey Croze

Africa is brought to life in this imaginative look at the plants, animals, and people that make it such a fascinating continent. Studies of both traditional tribes and modern African cities showcase Africa's diversity, and authentic activities allow kids to dive into the rich culture by making a Maasai bivouac shelter, writing a fable in the African style, working as a field biologist, making a ritual elephant mask, and learning to tie an African Kanga dress. This cross-cultural study also shows kids what challenges Africa faces today while giving them a look at what it is like to live on this interesting continent.

From Booklist
"Africa is not a jungle of wild animals and wandering tribes of hunter-gatherers." Packed with accurate information, this chatty, authoritative overview confronts primitive stereotypes and speaks to American kids about both the rich diversity and the problems of Africa--past and present, rural and urban. Croze, a world expert on African elephants who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, combines the astonishing history of early civilizations with information about what is happening now, including a look at the exciting wildlife and inspiring leaders, the urgent conservation problem, urban poverty, and the devastating personal experiences of child soldiers and AIDS orphans. The frequent printing of type on top of geometric designs sometimes makes the words hard to read. That aside, the design encourages browsing; there are lots of color photos and maps accompanying the detailed, hands-on instructions for craft activities, which range from beadwork to recipes. Informal but never condescending, this accessible book provides not only solid fact but also fun. A selected bibliography and lists of additional books and some Web sites are appended. Hazel Rochman
© American Library Association.
Ages 9-12
$17.95 (softcover)
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