Monday, April 1, 2013

#AtoZChallenge 1977 Caldecott Winner: 'Ashanti to Zulu: African Tradtitions'

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove won the Caldecott Medal in 1977 for the illustrations done by Leo and Diane Dillon. The stunningly detailed illustrations beautifully capture the information provided by Musgrove. Her meticulous research is evident, as she has managed to profile 26 different African tribes, from A to Z.

People have all kinds of preconceived notions about Africa, and don't take into account that more than one culture exists there. It's a rich continent that is full of life and tradition. This book is a great way to explore it and really speaks to children and adults. They are easily captivated by its illustrations and want to read more of it. 

This is a book I have had in my personal collection for years and believe belongs on all children's bookshelves.

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  1. I think I read that book - several years ago.

    Happy A to Z!
    (I'm doing EIGHT blogs. Whew.)
    Here's one:
    A is for Absent - Rhymed Acrostics from A to Z

  2. I used to share this book with my students in 2nd and 3rd grades. Artwork is awesome.

  3. This book looks cool! I love learning about different cultures and countries.

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  4. Hi, Andrea,
    This sounds like an interesting read.