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Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa Hardcover – September 28, 2010

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K-Gr 1–Feeling too small to be of any use, Li'l Rabbit leaves the house to find something special for his sick grandmother during Karamu, a Kwanzaa feast. Each animal he encounters (Momma Oriole, Groundhog, frogs, etc.) has been on the receiving end of Granna Rabbit's generosity in the past and wants to help in some way. Without realizing it, Li'l Rabbit brings together a whole community for the “the best Karamu ever.” The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are listed at the end of the book, providing the only direct details about the holiday. The yellow undertones (like the interior of the Rabbit family's earthy, mustard-colored home) add warmth to the cartoon artwork. Sweetly capturing the spirit of the season, the story comes in handy as a lovely supplement to resources that provide straightforward facts about Kwanzaa.Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Being the youngest in the family is hard for Li’l Rabbit at Kwanzaa. Unlike his siblings, he can’t create elaborate gifts to share. He does find a way to contribute to the celebration, though. Granna is too sick to cook the big feast, Karamu, that she usually prepares. Li’l Rabbit remembers Granna saying that Kwanzaa is a special time for helping others, and he tells the family’s animal friends that she is ill. In a warm surprise, the animals come together with food and gifts to celebrate with Granna. From bespectacled Poppa Squirrel reading in a tree and carpenter Groundhog with his tool belt to Momma Field Mouse pulling her children in a wagon, the characters in Evans’ very bright, playful, textured pictures capture the spirit of community that is the essence of the holiday. The two final pages about “The Nguzo Saba––The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa” will take kids back to the story to find the holiday message in action. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060728167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060728168
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Lynn Wynn on November 3, 2011
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Working at a school that's not-so-diverse, I sometimes have a hard time finding books that convey the spirit of holidays that aren't well-known. This book does a pretty good job of helping younger students understand the principles of Kwaanza--just don't forget to include them after you read the story! The last two pages give an example from the story of each principle. Simply as a story, the message is clear and a good one: Doing special things for others is not only thoughtful and caring, it makes US feel good, too. The illustrations are colorful and very nicely done.

I have paired this with a short video of a family celebrating Kwanzaa. You can find a good one if you search "Sesame Street Kwanzaa" online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on November 21, 2010
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Li'l Rabbit is not having a very good Kwanzaa. After all, being the littlest in the family isn't easy. The only part of Kwanzaa that he really loves is the big feast called Karamu, but this year Granna Rabbit is sick.

Li'l Rabbit thinks how Granna Rabbit told him that Kwanzaa is a special time when we help each other. That gives Li'l Rabbit an idea. He decides to bring Granna a special treat for Karamu. As he walks through the forest searching for the right treat, he runs into many of Granna Rabbit's friends. When he tells them Granna is sick, they all want to do something to help.

Li'l Rabbit spends all day trying to find something for Granna, but doesn't find anything at all. When he returns empty-handed, he has a big surprise--All of Granna's friends came with treats of their own. Li'l Rabbit is still sad though since he was the only one who didn't bring anything. Granna Rabbit reminds him that if he hadn't gone off looking for Karamu, it never would have found its way to them.

This fun story reminds everyone of the true meaning of Kwanzaa--coming together to help others. The repetitive lines in the book make for an interactive read and the illustrations by Shane W. Evans are bright and vibrant with a cartoon like feel sure to entertain. If young readers wish to learn more about Kwanzaa, they'll even find The seven principles of Kwanzaa listed at the end of the book. A must have for any Kwanzaa collection.
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By Emily on September 9, 2011
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It was a cute and informative book. I liked how it taught about Kwanzaa without being obvious about it. The pictures were also adorable as well.
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A terrific Kwanzaa story to read to children! I love that it incorporates the principles of Kwanzaa in a great story that kids will love!
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