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Editorial Reviews

A celebration of Africa’s culture and diversity, Ashanti to Zulu educates and entertains, matching the 26 letters of the alphabet with 26 African tribes, their customs and traditions explored with detail and aplomb. A veteran performer of African folklore and children’s stories, Spencer Shaw brings pride and pace to this rich tapestry of African life. Shaw’s storytelling is fluid and deliberate, but nevertheless animated, brimming with vibrant imagination. As they traverse the alphabet, young listeners will meet the Tuareg tribe, in which men wear the veils and women do most of the talking, and join the Baule people as they forge a river on the back of a crocodile.

Publisher's Summary

Twenty-six African tribal cultures, their respective ceremonies, celebrations, and day-to-day customs are pictorially described here, with some attributes shared by all peoples and some unique to a few.
©1976 Margaret Musgrove & Leo & Diane Dillon (P)1977 Weston Woods

Critic Reviews

  • ALA Notable Books for Children, 1977

  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, 1977

  • Caldecott Medal, 1977

  • New York Times Best Illustrated, 1976

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