Vanishing Cultures: Sahara

Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds

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Manda, a young Tuareg boy, is excited. He and his father are going to travel to a nearby village for a festival and camel races.

Manda helps his father prepare the camel caravan for the trip. The Tuareg have been traveling through the Sahara Desert on camelback for centuries, and the men take great pride in their camel-riding skills. As Manda leaves his village, he is eager to see the great riders in the races. He is proud to be going on this special journey with his father.

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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.

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Paperback: 9781600601316

Hardcover: 9781600601460

Six Pack: 9781600604942


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

Parents' Choice Award Winner
Parents' Choice Foundation

Pick of the List
American Bookseller's Association

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Interest Level:

Grades K - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 3


Photographic Illustrations, Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Similarities and Differences, Responsibility, Muslim/Muslim American Interest, Multiethnic interest, Home, Holidays/Traditions, History, Fathers, Families, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Animals, Empathy/Compassion, Exploring Ecosystems, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, People In Motion, Pride, African/African American Interest, Geography

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