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:
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1977′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘
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