Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Kid's Guide To African American History: More Than 70 Activities (A Kid's Guide Series) By Nancy I. Sanders

A Kid's Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities (A Kid's Guide series)

A Kid's Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities (A Kid's Guide series)
By Nancy I. Sanders

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What do all these people have in common: the first man to die in the American Revolution, a onetime chief of the Crow Nation, the inventors of peanut butter and the portable X-ray machine, and the first person to make a wooden clock in this country? They were all great African Americans. For parents and teachers interested in fostering cultural awareness among children of all races, this book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about the people, experiences, and events that shaped African American history. This expanded edition contains new material throughout, including additional information and biographies. Children will have fun designing an African mask, making a medallion like those worn by early abolitionists, playing the rhyming game "Juba," inventing Brer Rabbit riddles, and creating a unity cup for Kwanzaa. Along the way they will learn about inspiring African American artists, inventors, and heroes like Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, and Louis Armstrong, to name a few.
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #171834 in Books
  • Published on: 2007-06-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .51" h x 10.87" w x 8.37" l, 1.29 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 256 pages
Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-5-A chronological look at the history of African Americans from the pre-slavery days in Africa through today's celebration of Kwanzaa. With a straightforward, readable text, one- to three-page topics, and simple illustrative drawings, even young children can participate in this activity-based title. Although mentioning the hardships and inhumanities of slavery and Jim Crow laws, the brutal details are left out. The emphasis is on the contributions of African Americans, their courage, creativity, and inventiveness. The easy activities described in detail include games, crafts (with patterns), songs, recipes, and stories. An extensive bibliography of books, articles, and Web sites is included.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL

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From Booklist
Gr. 4-6. This large-format paperback introduces many aspects of African American history, from Africa to colonial America, from plantations to emancipation. There is also information about the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the achievements of black Americans, the civil rights movement, and hopes for the future. Throughout the book, crafts and other projects offer parents and teachers practical ways to involve children in African American heritage. Included are activities such as making a bead necklace, constructing a star-watching chart, and various recipes and crafts that revolve around the symbols of Kwanzaa. The pages are well designed, with illustrations in shades of gray and plenty of white space. A useful resource for library collections. Carolyn Phelan
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"With a straightforward, readable text . . . and simple illustrative drawings, even young children can participate in this activity-based title."  —School Library Journal
"The pages are well designed . . . A useful resource for library collections."  —Booklist
"A fascinating look at an aspect of American history that is often left out of history books."  —Washington Sun
"A great year-round activity and reference source."  —Detroit News
"Offers an exciting way . . . to teach kids about their own heritage or the culture of those around them."  —Parents Express

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
By Nancy I. Sanders
In reading "A Kid's Guide to African American History," I have learned so much about African American history that brought back memories of my grandmother teaching us. I remember my grandmother, Dorothy Coleman, telling us about our family history, about the struggles and triumphs, and how our great-great-great grandfather was Thomas Jefferson. The story brought amazement to our ears and a complete history to our family. I would give this book 10 stars, and I recommend it to everyone!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5A truly useful book
By Rebecca Haden
Chicago Review Press has a whole series of hands-on science and history books for kids, and all of them are chock full of useful and fun ideas. This book is no exception. Crafts, costumes, recipes, songs, stories, games, and more give a rich impression of both daily life and important historic events. This book is fun for homeschool families and very handy in the classroom.
The book is divided up into chronological sections, with additional information on African civilizations and Kwanzaa. Each unit has background information and activities. I like the fact that, while the historical events are not romanticized, daily life is as often the focus as the important historical events and individuals. The section on plantation life, for example, includes directions for making musical instruments such as a washtub bass and a tambourine, plus songs to sing and games to play.
This approach means that various activities can be pulled out for history lessons and for fun at home all year long.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By gparrish
I believe this book will be useful for children and will spark their interest in History.


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