Ages 5-8. In The Seven Days of Kwanzaa: How to Celebrate Them (1994), the author offered ideas, including crafts and recipes, for celebrating the cultural holiday. This latest title is an original folktale that will help introduce children to the holiday's seven principles, while also suggesting how Kente cloth was first created. In a Ghanian village, a father's will commands that his seven argumentative sons must make gold from silk thread "by the time the moon rises," without fighting. Working together, the brothers create a tapestry of Kente cloth, the first multicolored cloth the village has seen, which they sell to the king's treasurer for gold, before returning to their village to farm and live harmoniously. Well-paced, the story incorporates the Kwanzaa values without spelling them out too much. Minter's attractively composed, dramatic painted linocuts, with strong community images and lively, silhouetted figures, root the story in a sun-drenched, magical landscape that will draw children even after repeated readings. An introductory section, with glossary and pronunciation guide explaining the principles, and an appended craft activity round out the volume. Gillian Engberg
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"A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library collections."
"Well-paced, the story incorporates the Kwanzaa values without spelling them out too much."
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I tried to buy this for my iPad, but it was sent to my Kindle instead. The text was too small to read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lucid story of how we can become stronger when we realize that
we can change and that we need each other.
This a great story. Gives a basic explanation of Kwanzaa and the principles. Then a good story that can easily be paired with crafts or activities.Published 19 months ago by Starbuck Hersey
Story Telling is really an Art Form for African American Family Historian it is this person that tells the stories and history of the family this book fits into any family... Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Monifa
I absolutely love this story! I have shared it with many of my students who also love the story.It demonstrates a very valuable lesson that children and adults can relate to and... Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by FearlessPhyl