Parents' Guide to

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

By Lisa Fratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

An introduction to 26 African tribes.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Transcends from pre-schools to high school

It's a wonderful book that transcends as the child ages. For beginners, it's a wonderful alphabet book that is more challenging than the usual A is for Apple. For older children, it contains interesting facts that they can use for more advance social studies projects, including in high school.

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Educational value
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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ASHANTI TO ZULU is filled with authentic details of African tribal life, and the research behind this book is impressive. The illustrators consulted many sources before completing the artwork, but Leo and Diane Dillon, known for astoundingly gorgeous art, have balanced accuracy with beauty. They are meticulous down to the last details: You'll find intricately patterned clothing and authentic jewelry and headdresses.

This attention to detail may overwhelm younger kids and the flat, factual writing may bore some children. But with so much information packed into these colorful pages, all readers will learn something new. Taken in small doses, these pages are endlessly fascinating, and may prompt further discussion, research, and projects.

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