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Jan Reynolds 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, and she is also the author of Celebrate! Connections Among Cultures; Only the Mountains Do Not Move, and The Lion Queens of India. Reynolds 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. She lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont. Please visit her on the web at janreynolds.com.


Clear color photographs and informative, interestingly written narrative reflect the insight only first-hand experience can provide. -- Children's Literature

The text is accessible and well coordinated with the photographs. The language is simple, and the stories are about family activities--meals, daily chores and festivals. Western children will be struck by the colorful differences and the fundamental sameness of these peoples.... What is important about the first two books in the Vanishing Cultures series is Jan Reynolds's sincere sense of the majesty for the Himalayan and Saharan peoples. By sharing an emphatic and unsentimental glimpse of them, she gives us all a great gift. -- The New York Times

The peripatetic Reynolds, who has worked for National Geographic, traveled to two remote corners of the world for these perceptive profiles of the human equivalent of endangered species. Interestingly, the threat to the cultures of both the Sahara and the Himalayas is strikingly similar: trucks and airplanes are replacing the ancient trade routes traveled by these peoples and their animals (camels and yaks, respectively).... Reynolds's sensitive photography captures the beauty of these harsh landscapes as well as the dignity and humanity of their peoples. Her books will be a welcome addition to the increasing roster--meeting an increased demand--of multicultural literature for children. -- Publishers Weekly

The wonderful photography in these books instantly grabbed my attention... I was fascinated by these books and the lifestyles these people lead... Teachers will find these books helpful for studies of different cultures, especially with the fabulous photography. -- Books Are My ThingNotable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council
Kids' Pick of the List, American Bookseller's Association
Parents' Choice Award Winner, Parents' Choice Foundation

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