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Ayo, Yvonne.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Dorling Kindersey, 2000.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.


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DT22 .A96 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Photographed in full color. Unearth the fascinating kingdoms and peoples of pre-colonia Africa--from the spectacular empire of Mali and its fabled city Timbuktu to the ile-long caravans of Ghanian gold traders who trekked across the Sahara desert.  

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8‘These titles boast the same fabulous layout, interesting photographs, and fascinating facts that have made the series so popular. They also have many of the same drawbacks, such as poor depiction of relative size in the photos and topics that are too broad to be covered in one volume. Africa is populated by so many groups that they can't all be addressed in depth here. The book's organization results in a lack of continuity as it moves through discussions of social life and customs with minimal references to place and group names. This problem is compounded by the fact that much of the information is given in broad generalities. Only one small map of the continent is provided, and readers may find it dizzying going back and forth to figure out where they are. Similar problems occur in Gorilla, which is really about primates. This volume does a better job of presenting its topic, however, by focusing on one group or type of primate at a time. Determining the relative size of these mammals is not possible on many of the pages, although in some instances weight and height figures are given. While these books won't be useful for reports, they are fun to browse through.‘Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

A land of contrastsp. 6
A place to livep. 8
Great civilizationsp. 10
Building a housep. 12
Home lifep. 14
Life in the compoundp. 16
Finding foodp. 18
Pattern and colorp. 20
Sports and entertainmentp. 22
Female dressp. 24
Male attirep. 26
Self-adornmentp. 28
Rulers and leadersp. 30
Religion and beliefsp. 32
Myth and magicp. 36
Medicine and healingp. 38
A way of deathp. 40
Nations at warp. 42
Into battlep. 44
Weapons and armorp. 46
Barter and exchangep. 48
A slave's journeyp. 50
Crafts and skillsp. 52
The lost-wax processp. 54
Gold of the Asantep. 56
Masks and masqueradep. 58
Musical instrumentsp. 60
Masquerade performedp. 62
Indexp. 64