by Chocolate, Deborah M. Newton.

Format: Print Book 1990
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Brookline Children's Seasonal/Holiday j Paperback C
Location  CLP - Brookline
Collection  Children's Seasonal/Holiday
Call Number  j Paperback C
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 394.261 C
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 394.261 C
These beautifully illustrated, multicultural books teach children about the holidays and why we celebrate them. In addition to telling a good story, each colorful book contains songs, poems, crafts, recipes, fingerplays, and other activities that can be used during classtime.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This engaging account of how one African American family celebrates the seven-day December holiday of Kwanzaa nicely fills a void in library collections. The introduction explains that Kwanzaa (meaning "the first" and taken from the Swahili word kwanza) is a harvest festival celebrating the first fruits of the fields and the African heritage. Told from the viewpoint of the younger son, the narrative explains how the extended family gathers each evening from December 26 until January 1 to discuss the Kwanzaa principle for that day and to share special foods, music, and stories. The reader learns the seven principles and the traditions of Kwanzaa, including the colors--black for the color of the race, red for ongoing conflict, and green for hope and for the beautiful African countryside. A kinara holds seven candles (one for each principle), and each night one additional candle is lit. African words appear in italics, with context clues defining the terms and pronunciation guides appearing at the top of each page. Rosales' bright color paintings not only enhance the joy and meaning of this spiritual occasion, but also capture the traditions with feeling. Teachers can use the book to enrich units on harvest festivals celebrated throughout history and around the world. An excellent resource for libraries, including those in middle schools, that need multicultural volumes. ~--Deborah Abbott"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Kwanzaa -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Social life and customs.
Publisher Chicago :Childrens Press,1990
Contributors Rosales, Melodye.
Language English
Description 31 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 0516039911 (lib. bdg.)
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