Ashanti to Zulu: Margaret Musgrove


Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Author: Margaret Musgrove
Illustrators: Leo & Diane Dillon
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Year: 1976
Brief Summary: In this alphabet book, children learn about customs and traditions of 26 African tribes.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Social Studies: Africa — show students (or have them show) on the map where Africa is.  Can they find tribes on the map?  Discuss different aspects of African customs/traditions/daily life as discussed in the book.
  • Language Arts: Students make their own ABC book — work individually?  pairs?  groups? — about their city/town/state/country.
  • Read a state ABC book if available (for example, T is for Tennessee by E. J. Sullivan).  Talk about the culture/daily life discussed in the book.  How is it different from Ashanti to Zulu?
  • Study pictures in detail…what kind of animals are shown?  What kind of clothing is featured?  etc.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Artwork is beautiful!

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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