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Sahara: Vanishing Cultures
by Jan Reynolds
The Tuareg people of the Sahara are nomads who use camels to caravan across vast distances to trade. Photographer Jan Reynolds presents an intimate view of their daily lives from a young Tuareg boy’s point of view.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published 1991)
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Jun 27, 2010 Maggi Rohde rated it really liked it
This short photographic book describes life in the Sahara Desert from the point of view of a boy, Manda, of the Tuareg nomadic people. They ride camels and wear twenty-foot long veils around their heads, but there is plenty Western children can relate to about Manda's life. It is a beautifully crafted book that is perfectly suited to elementary students. It would work well as a read-aloud or could be read independently by older elementary kids. I hear there is a new edition (2007).
This book has tons of awesome pictures. "Sahara" is a book about a camel caravan going to a camel race. This book is written to show how the Tuareg people live. Unfortunately, this book is not very in-depth, but it has lots of pictures and is short enough to be engaging to young readers. I enjoyed this book enough to pick it out from the library.