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The title is self-revealing. As others have done before her, Washington simply tells the story of the holiday. Two things, though, may make this a worthy addition to existing fare. One is Taylor's inspired blend of photographs of contemporary African fabrics with joyful acrylic, pastel, and gouache illustrations. The other noteworthy aspect is the book's attention to African American history, also shared by the title reviewed below. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 2^-4. Beginning with ancestors in Africa, Washington explains the history leading up to the creation of Kwanzaa, following it through slavery and on to the civil rights movement, when activist Dr. Maulana Karenga came up with the idea of an African American festival. The author explains the principle behind each of the seven days of the celebration and notes some of the objects and activities used during the holiday. The material is outlined clearly, but the tone is flat, and the phrasing isn't always well handled: "Their purpose must be to claim their rightful place in the world." Taylor's illustrations, a rich combination of acrylic, gouache, and pastels, are livelier than the text, but there's enough good information supplied to make the book a good choice for many libraries. Susan Dove Lempke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I bought this book for my two daughters (7 and 4). Both girls loved the book and I appreciated that they were learning something at the same time.Published 8 months ago by MrsBubbleye
Just the right amount of info for young minds. Simple but thorough explanations and instructions introduced my daughter to this holiday much better than I could. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kirk Bryan