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Describes the geography, history, peoples, and customs of this East African country. Also discusses modern political problems and recent progress made in education and economy.
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Grade 7 Up-- Maren translates his knowledge of Kenya into a smooth-reading text that has a comfortable, convincing, "I've been there" quality. His descriptions of geography, people, plants, and animals, along with information about historical, social, political, and other developments of this new nation attempting to shape its own identity, are sandwiched between everyday sketches of Kenyans living and at work. The whole is occasionally lightened with anecdotes and background comments not usual in such a book. A number of black-and-white photographs of scenes and subjects complement the text. In addition, several full-page maps serve to let readers pinpoint references to peoples, places, and geographical features. (A two-page world map is interesting, but seems more filler than useful to the topic.) The whole is rounded out with a useful bibliography, a selected list of films about Kenya, and a list of recordings of Kenyan music available in the U. S. This is a good companion to R. Conrad Stein's handsome Kenya (Childrens, 1985). It overshadows the facts-on-file approach of Kenya. . .in Pictures (Lerner, 1988) and the 26 short biographies of living Kenyans in Khalfan and Amin's We Live in Kenya (Bookwright, 1984). --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Book Description Lippincott, 1973. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0397314825