Vanishing Cultures: Down Under

Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds

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Amprenula, a young Tiwi girl from an island off the Australian coast, gathers food with her mother. Amprenula lives closely with the land, just as her people have done for thousands of years, taking only what they need from the forest and the ocean around them.

For the Tiwi and other Aborigines, the land is sacred. It connects them with their ancestors and the beginning of creation. As Amprenula combs through the forests and mangrove swamps, she is proud to travel along the same paths, sharing the same land, as her ancestors from centuries ago.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Jan Reynolds - Author, Illustrator

is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.

About This Title


Paperback: 9781600601262

Hardcover: 9781600601415

Six Pack: 9781600604898


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council

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Interest Level:

Grades K - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 3


Comparing/Classifying/Measuring, Photographic Illustrations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Similarities and Differences, Responsibility, Multiethnic interest, Home, Holidays/Traditions, Families, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Empathy/Compassion, Exploring Ecosystems, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Pride

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