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African Beginnings [Hardcover]

By James Haskins (Author) & Kathleen Benson (Author)
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From the ancient kingdom of Kush, whose black pharaohs ruled Egypt for nearly a century, to the sixteenth-century empire of the Kongo, whose emperor was so powerful he was able to halt the trade in slaves for a number of years, the African continent rang with a series of glorious civilizations that have had a lasting impact on the world's history, and on American culture. James Haskins and Floyd Cooper have won numerous awards for their books for young people, including several Coretta Scott King Honor awards. This groundbreaking book is their first collaboration. Index. Bibliography. All ages.

Consultants on this book were Dr. John Henrik Clarke, noted scholar of black history, and Dr. Enid Schildkrout, curator of anthropology, The American Museum of Natural History.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Amistad
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 9.6" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1998
Publisher   Amistad
ISBN  0688102565  
ISBN13  9780688102562  
UPC  046594017956  

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More About James Haskins & Kathleen Benson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JIM HASKINS, the author of more than one hundred books, has an unparalleled background in nonfiction for young readers. He received the Coretta Scott King Medal for THE STORY OF STEVIE WONDER, and several other of his titles were named Coretta Scott King Honor Books. What the author most admires about W. W. Law, he says, is "his complete dedication to the causes in which he believed first equal rights and later the preservation of historic sites of importance to black people. He was truly an unsung hero."
BENNY ANDREWS was a painter, printmaker, cultural leader, and arts advocate. His work can be found in more than thirty major museums. His other books for children include THE HICKORY CHAIR by Lisa Rowe Fraustino, PICTURES FOR MISS JOSIE by Sandra Belton, and SKY SASH SO BLUE by Libby Hathorn. Of DELIVERING JUSTICE he said, "Working on this book was very emotional for me it was like reliving those times." Benny Andrews passed away in 2006."

James Haskins lived in Gainesville, in the state of Florida. James Haskins was born in 1941 and died in 2005.

James Haskins has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Count Your Way (Paperback)
  2. Penguin Young Readers: Level 3

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( C ) > Cooper, Floyd
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Africa
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > People of Color
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Africa
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
7Books > Subjects > History > Africa > General
8Books > Subjects > History > Africa

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Great Springboard to African Culture  Mar 9, 2008
Although African civilization is an integral part of world history, it is an aspect of world history that is too often underemphasized--particularly at the elementary grade level. Young learners are seldom made aware that great empires like Egypt, Ghana, Jenne-Jeno, Kush, Songhay, Timbuktu, Nubia... once served as cradles of civilization led by kings and queens of ebon hue. This work, captivatingly illustrated by Floyd Cooper, helps to dispel stereotypical images of ancient African culture while serving as a springboard to African heritage. AFRICAN BEGINNINGS is a must-have resource for elementary students (Grades 2 through 5) and educators across cultures!
Learning About Africa...  Aug 2, 2004
How do you answer the questions about African history for an inquisitive, young mind? My 6-year old son wanted to know about Africa, where African people came from and about our origins as African-Americans. This book not only illustrates African culture and its people, but it is an early reader that he can understand and read with me or on his own. African Beginnings offers a colorful preview into the beginning of African tribes cultures and knowledge and capabilities in a way that a child can understand.
African Beginnings  Jan 21, 2001
This book was very informative and full of wonderfully painted pictures. It has much information on many of the main countries in Africa including music, religion, etc... Great book for reports for the kids in school.

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