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Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation by Jan Reynolds (Photographer)

Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation ($18.95) by Jan Reynolds is a photo-essay that explores the lifestyle of contemporary Maasai in Kenya and how they are adapting to changes in their environment. (6 11)

Gr 3-6-Traditionally the Maasai lived a nomadic life as herders in East Africa. Moving their goats and cows to graze in different areas, members of the tribe existed in harmony with animals such as giraffes and elephants. However, severe droughts and the establishment of wildlife preserves have reduced available grazing lands. Reynolds documents the ways in which members of the Il Ngwesi tribe in Kenya have responded. Her text and excellent-quality photos introduce the daily lives of men, women, and children. She shows how traditional roles and ceremonies exist alongside adaptations such as growing crops, cultivating wild bees, and guiding tourists to see animals in natural habitats. Although the Maasai proverbs Reynolds includes hint at a positive outcome, the people face ongoing challenges from environmental and political forces. This thought-provoking photo essay reveals a culture in the midst of change.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Reynolds's compelling portrait of Maasai culture centers on the Il Ngwesi tribe in Kenya. Through straightforward descriptions ("The Maasai do not count their animals. They know each one by sight") and large, color photographs, readers learn intimate details of the Il Ngwesi people-for example, that they sleep on wooden beds covered in animal skins, and that all members of the tribe, including children, have chores to do before playing games or making brightly beaded jewelry. Reynolds also discusses the Maasai's dependence upon their animals and the effects of climate change and restricted land use on their way of life. A thought-provoking look at a culture that is peaceful and industrious, and which holds onto tradition while facing the future. Ages 6-11. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Who Are the Maasaip. 4

Where Do the Maasai Live?p. 6

Keeping Cattlep. 8

Maasai Warriorsp. 10

At Homep. 12

Family Lifep. 14

Food and Eatingp. 16

Clothes and Beadworkp. 18

Make a Maasai Braceletp. 20

School and Languagep. 22

Music and Dancep. 24

Ceremoniesp. 26

A Maasai Storyp. 28

Find Out for Yourselfp. 30

Glossaryp. 31

Indexp. 32
These stunning titles introduce the reader to cultures around the world, highlighting the similarities and differences between them. Each book focuses on a different culture. Readers will encounter aspects of daily life in each culture, such as food, clothing, schools, leisure, and celebrations. Brilliant color photos bring each culture to life for the armchair traveler.
Gr 3-5-Each book provides an introduction to a particular culture and includes basic information on topics such as homes, food, clothing, celebrations, music, and education. It also explains how the environment shapes the people's way of life. The authors note current changes to the traditional nomadic lives of the Maasai of the African savannah and the Tuareg of the Sahara. Bingham stresses the importance of the Dreamtime and ancestor spirits to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Ganges concentrates on a particular place, the holy city of Varanasi, and practices of Hinduism rather than on a specific ethnic group. Each chapter spread includes two or three paragraphs of text and full-color photos. Suitable choices for collections that need updated or additional material on these topics.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

The Maasai of East Africa by Jamie Hetfield
For strength of character and pride, few people can match the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. Your readers will discover how Maasai children learn to be adults early.

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