Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

  • Title: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
  • Author: Margaret Musgrove
  • Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
  • Publication year: 1976
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“Artists Leo and Diane Dillon won their second consecutive Caldecott Medal for this stunning ABC of African culture. ‘Another virtuoso performance. . . . Such an astute blend of aesthetics and information is admirable, the child’s eye will be rewarded many times over.’–Booklist. ALA Notable Book; Caldecott Medal.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book would be especially helpful when learning about geography, but also in learning about the beginnings of this country and how enslaved people were taken from many of these tribes and forced into slavery. From a cultural standpoint, this book would also be helpful in learning about some of the many different tribes in Africa and that they all have their own unique set of customs and traditions.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I think it was particularly important that Musgrove and the Dillons included a note at the very beginning of the book explaining how they received the information for this book and how the Dillions were able to construct their illustrations.

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