Friday, March 5, 2010

Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself: Book Review & Giveaway

 About The Book:

All eyes will be on Africa in 2010 when South Africa hosts the Soccer World Cup, an athletic event that rivals the Olympics in enthusiasm and anticipation. While Africa is one continent, it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the stunning landscapes, ancient civilizations and tribes, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of the vast African continent.

Thankfully, the newest title from Nomad Press, Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself brings the culture, landscape, and societies of Africa to life with engaging, hands-on activities and accounts of the many ways of life on the African continent.
Each chapter is filled with interesting facts, biographies, illustrations, and historical anecdotes to present the many aspects of Africa, and provide children with an appreciation for the continent that is the cradle of mankind. Readers aged 9 and up will be fascinated to learn about everything from the ancient kingdoms of Ancient Egypt and The Great Zimbabwe, to the many animals on the savannah, to the lifestyles of Masai cattle herders and San hunters.

Hands-on activities bring African life right into children’s homes. Kids can create richly patterned Adinkra cloth with stamps made from potatoes, cook their own benne cakes and banana fritters, and even build a drum out of a coffee can and learn different hand-taps. These fun activities are designed to engage children with the material culture of the African continent. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself contains clear, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and templates for each project. All the projects use common household products and require little adult supervision.

Book Excerpt:
The Kikuyu people are the largest ethnic group in Kenya. The young men wear special initiation shields prior to becoming junior warriors. The shields are carved from wood and are often passed down within families and repainted for each initiation. The shields also have an “eye” cut out of the center.
About The Author:

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom, and three children. When not reading and writing, Carla volunteers as the Pittsburgh Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

My Review:
This is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in learning about the African culture! It is full of great information and fun activities. Not only would this book be great for teachers but also it would be a huge benefit to families who homeschool! It is organized into 14 chapters that cover these chapters:
  • Natural Wonders
  • Minerals
  • Wildlife
  • Great Civilizations
  • Hunters, Herders and Farmers
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Homes
  • Food & Daily Life
  • Games & Toys
  • Clothing & Adornment
  • Music
  • Ceremonies & Masks
  • Language & Storytelling
  • Overcoming Challenges
 Each chapter has about four pages of description and than a great activity to do. One thing that I really liked is that the activities use materials that you can find around the house (for the most part)! Also, the book is written in a very easy to read and understand manner, so kids can read it independently, or with a parent or older sibling.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself online through, as well as through your local bookseller.

WIN IT: One reader will win a copy of Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself

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 ***Thank you to Nomad Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog. Also, thank you to The Product Review Place for the opportunity to complete this review***


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  4. As a teacher, I think that this would be a great resource book to have for the classroom. This is something that could be used as a project during testing periods.

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  8. Another Nomad Press book I'd love to read is The Power of Positive Teaching by Yvonne Bender. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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