Reviews for Kwanzaa


Booklist Reviews 2009 November #2
With all the books on Kwanzaa, this small, square title written in the Cultural Holidays series pairs a clear and simple style with bright full-page pictures, and will be welcomed by preschoolers and their families as a basic introduction to the origin, tradition, and meaning of the seven-day holiday, including directions on how to celebrate it in the U.S. today. The celebration is rooted in rich African tradition, connecting the principles--from unity and self-determination to creativity and faith--with the rituals and what they stand for. The lively detail includes instructions on place settings, decorations, and on each of the seven candles (one lit each night), each color an intense symbol. The seventh day, which calls on kids to follow Kwanzaa tradition and make goals for the future, is a fine climax to this hands-on celebration of African American history, culture, and community. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
The stories behind each celebration, its significance, and traditions are presented in straightforward but limited texts. Bright, cheery illustrations of round-faced revelers help readers visualize the experiences. Cinco includes recipes and a song; Chinese has a song and a calendar. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Looking Glass Library: Cultural Holidays titles: Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Cinco de Mayo.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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