Reviews for Kwanzaa-Count and Celebrate!

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall
In a counting book format, brightly colored photographs (occasionally repetitive) and brief texts introduce a holiday's customs and symbols. Each double-page spread prompts readers to count something in an accompanying photograph; the choppy texts provide some information about the photo subject. This series offers an accessible way to learn about holidays. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Holidays--Count and Celebrate! titles: Chinese New Year--Count and Celebrate!, Cinco de Mayo--Count and Celebrate!, Kwanzaa--Count and Celebrate!, and Martin Lither King, Jr. Day--Count and Celebrate!.] Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 May/June
These books give a brief, yet clear overview of Ramadan and Kwanzaa in a number book format, from one through ten. For example, a ?how many? question is asked and is answered with a number. How many mats does the Kwanzaa celebration use? One. Then an explanation follows highlighting the importance of the mat as well as photographs depicting the symbols. These photographs are eye-catching and help students to practice counting skills while learning about different cultures. A More Information section addresses the history behind the holiday. A quick summary of the numbers, including pictures helps with memorization. These books are basic enough for younger students, yet also interesting and detailed enough for older students. This would be an excellent series to have available as a way to introduce students to holidays that have limited exposure, and also to reconfirm the importance of the holidays to those students who celebrate them. Index. Recommended. Bridget Slayden, Educational Reviewer, Rogersville, Missouri ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 October

PreS-Gr 2-These offerings attempt to combine basic counting books with introductions to the holidays. However, there is too much information for children just learning to count to 10, and the books are a bit too childish for readers old enough to appreciate the amount of detail included. Well-chosen, colorful photographs feature the numbered items. In Christmas, readers learn that ONE candle is often lit on Christmas Eve to represent the star followed by the Wise Men; in Kwanzaa, THREE is the number of colors-black, red, and green-that represent the holiday.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

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