Cover image for The Masai of Africa
The Masai of Africa
McQuail, Lisa, 1960-
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, 2002.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.8 2.0 64270.
Format :


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Material Type
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DT433.545.M33 M36 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Taking an in-depth look at distinct aboriginal cultures, these comprehensive volumes balance information about both traditional and modern lifeways. From their history and cultural practices to their religions and the landscapes they call home, discover the intricacies of each featured native culture. Supports the national curriculum standards Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; Production, Distribution, and Consumption; Science Technology and Society; and Global Connections as outlined by the National Council for the Social Studies.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. Lerner's new First Peoples series focuses on the history and cultural practices of indigenous peoples around the world. These titles feature one topic per spread and nice quality color photos as well as background information about the flora and fauna of the regions. Bartlett's book frankly discusses the historic and current relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Australian government, followed by descriptions of cultural practices, both traditional and modern, neatly divided into categories. McQuail's book, the weaker of the two, follows a more haphazard organization, glosses over colonial rule, and emphasizes the lives of boys slightly more than the lives of girls. Even so, there are plenty of cultural details and photos to grab readers' attention or support basic reports. Both volumes offer satisfactory introductions that can lead interested students on to more detailed material. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These books focus on the indigenous people of Australia and East Africa. Appealing cover photographs feature an adult and child and the pages are framed to create a photo-album look. The texts begin with information on the land, plants, and animals to set a framework for how people live before moving on to history and current cultural practices (home life, music and dance, crafts, language, and religion). Bartlett provides a fairly straightforward look at the treatment of Aboriginal peoples by the Australian government and the measures that have been taken to restore tribal rights, land, and relationships. The focus on Masai life centers a bit more on the land, animals, and early inhabitants of the area. Although the texts do not provide enough information for in-depth reports, the colorful pictures are intriguing. Unfortunately, there are no pronunciation guides. Libraries that need to fill collection gaps would do well to consider these titles.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.