Amazing Africa Projects
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Amazing Africa Projects: You Can Build Yourself

By Carla Mooney  
Illustrated by Megan Stearns

While Africa is one continent it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the stunning landscapes, ancient Read More

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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History


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“This book has an enormous amount of information, covering history, occupations, ethnic groups, daily life, geography, recreation, music, and more. The 25 projects require easily obtainable materials and can be completed in two to seven steps. Fascinating trivia further enhances the experience, such as the double meanings of Zulu bead colors, the more than 1000 different languages spoken in Africa, and how in Ethiopia tables are covered with flatbread that diners break apart to wrap around their food. This title will be useful for assignments and/or programming ideas.”

“Amazing Africa by Carla Mooney is chock full of interesting facts, word helps, and sidebars that complement the great variety of activities. Definitely a book you will use as a regular resource.”

“Casual and informative, this large, attractive, browsable paperback in the Build It Yourself series offers a view of contemporary African life that reaches far beyond the usual scenery-and-wildlife tourists' perspective. Blending history, culture, and tradition with politics and life in both cities and rural areas, the chapters begin with a look at natural wonders and dangerous wildlife that will grab readers, then move onto historical discussions of humankind's birthplace and early civilizations. Views of daily life today show the continent's vast diversity: in a city apartment, a teen might surf the Internet, but most Africans live in smaller, more rural communities, where there may be no electricity or running water. The author also discusses AIDS orphans, many of whom live homeless in the streets of shantytowns.”

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While Africa is one continent it contains many diverse countries. Amazing Africa Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the stunning landscapes, ancient civilizations and ethnic groups, unique traditions, and amazing wildlife of the vast African continent. With 25 fun projects that kids can complete using common household supplies and many recycled materials, kids learn about life in Africa. Step-by-step instructions show young readers how to make their own shields for an initiation ceremony, cook banana fritters and fufu cakes, and design animal masks to commemorate the seasons. Kids will celebrate Africa and its place in our world.


One Continent, Many Worlds

Chapter 1
Natural Wonders

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4
Great Civilizations

Chapter 5
Hunters, Herders, and Farmers

Chapter 6
Ethnic Groups

Chapter 7

Chapter 8
Food & Daily Life

Chapter 9
Games & Toys

Chapter 10
Clothing & Adornment

Chapter 11

Chapter 12
Ceremonies & Masks

Chapter 13
Language & Storytelling

Chapter 14
Overcoming Challenges