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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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"A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library collections."

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"Well-paced, the story incorporates the Kwanzaa values without spelling them out too much."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807573167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807573167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 22, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
A great book to share and explain Kwanzaa values. I am participating in a library program and this tales of selfishness and unity from an African folklore is a wonderful way to explain the principle of Umoja. The illustrations are beautiful with rich and bold color. This is a story I will never forget.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ilene Carpenter on December 6, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
A friend shared this book with me when we were in a discussion of Africa's Kente cloth, woven with bright colors in narrow strips and then sewed into wider fabric. Seven Spools... is a delightful tale well told and beautifully illustrated. The moral lesson of cooperation is clearly shown. I have ordered it to be a great addition to my group of African books for children and adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book club mom on January 16, 2014
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Wonderful approach to the Kwanzaa celebration and many other life lessons! Both of my children truly enjoyed it. Fantastic illustrations!
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By Choosy on January 8, 2014
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I purchased this for a library serving a college of education because we need greater diversity in our collections and displays. As part of a Kwanzaa program at church, I read it aloud to a group of children from ages 3 to 12, and everyone paid attention--an uncommon experience! All the Kwanzaa principles are woven into the narrative and the colorful linoleum block illustrations reflect Ghana's kente cloth. It's a worthwhile purchase for home or library.
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By Sue L. Curtis on March 21, 2013
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I purchased this book to use as a supplement to reading curriculum for third and fourth-graders in our local school. It's a fabulous story, and provided the students with a lot to talk about. They related easily to the concepts and enjoyed the illustrations, which were quite unique. It's a great story to read aloud and would make a super gift for any young reader.
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What better way to make a Holiday come alive than through storytelling. It brings back a time filled with memories of happy times with all the family. To show the love of a Holiday through story, now that's what brings the story alive!
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By Addae L. Watson on January 21, 2013
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Unlike the average book on Kwanzaa that gives basic information on the seven principles with a contemporary flair, this book takes a historical African centered approach.
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Recommend this for school and for home alike. Kids will like the story and parents will like the lesson it teaches.
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