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The Children's Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday

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Each year on December 26, the African American holiday of Kwanzaa begins. What is the purpose of Kwanzaa? How did it get its start? Dolores Johnson's easy-to-follow guide gives detailed descriptions of Kwanzaa's principles and symbols. This comprehensive resource also includes recipes and craft and gift ideas, as well as suggestions to help young readers and their families create their own special Kwanzaa celebration.

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Overview

Each year on December 26, the African American holiday of Kwanzaa begins. What is the purpose of Kwanzaa? How did it get its start? Dolores Johnson's easy-to-follow guide gives detailed descriptions of Kwanzaa's principles and symbols. This comprehensive resource also includes recipes and craft and gift ideas, as well as suggestions to help young readers and their families create their own special Kwanzaa celebration.

A guide to the origins, principles, symbols, and celebration of the African-American holiday.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Teachers, in particular, should snap up this comprehensive Kwanzaa resource, not only because of Johnson's diligently done homework, but also for the book's appeal to children. Augmented by fetching block prints, the text provides the usual holiday info, plus a thoughtful history of African Americans, heroes who put into practice the seven principles of Kwanzaa, recipes, plentiful craft and gift ideas, recipes and more. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This guide should prove an important family resource. The first chapter puts the holiday in context by exploring the history of Africans and Africans in America. Subsequent chapters explain the principles and symbols and offer tips for preparation and special programs.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A more comprehensive book than most, this new offering from Johnson provides a brief history of Africans and Africans in America. As with other books on this topic, there is a chapter that discusses the seven principles of Kwanzaa and how they are practiced, and another that takes a look at the symbols of Kwanzaa and how they are used in the celebrations. Three chapters focus on crafts, gifts, and recipes for the holiday. The added bonus is additional chapters that explain how kids can put on a special program, preparations for the holiday, a resource list, glossary and bibliography and a one-page planner that could be reproduced and used annually. Throughout, the book is liberally illustrated with black and white linoleum block prints and pen and ink drawings. A nice addition to any private or library collection.
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School Library Journal Has the most extensive survey of African American history ever included in a children's book on Kwanzaa.

Booklist Promotes the holiday as an opportunity for all Americans to study and to celebrate the African American culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689808647
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dolores Johnson is the talented author-illustrator of many books for children, including Now Let Me Fly, What Will Mommy Do When I'm in School, and Seminole Diary, which was an American Bookseller Pick of the List

She writes, "My editor was the first person to suggest to me that I write a book about Kwanzaa, and I am so glad she did. In writing this book, I was able to explore new territory other than my usual fiction stories. I was able to examine history, design crafts, experiment with recipes, as well as offer all children a way to participate in a fascinating cultural celebration."

A graduate of Boston University, Ms. Johnson was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut. She now lives in Inglewood, California

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Chapter 1 A History of Africans and Africans in America and Its Importance in the Celebration of Kwanzaa 15
Chapter 2 What Are the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and How Are They Practiced? 33
Chapter 3 What Are the Symbols of Kwanzaa and How Are They Used in the Celebration? 47
Chapter 4 Crafts to Make Before Kwanzaa 57
The Kinara 58
The Mishumaa Saba (Candles) 63
The Mkeka (Mat) 64
Mazao Basket 68
The Kikombe Cha Umoja (Unity Cup) 72
The Bendera Ya Taifa (Unity Flag) 73
Chapter 5 Gifts to Make for Kwanzaa 75
Jewelry 76
Decorative Items 81
Musical Instruments 84
Textiles 88
Paper Crafts 102
Books 109
Toys 111
Chapter 6 Recipes for a Well-Fed Kwanzaa 119
Appetizers/Salads 120
Main Dishes 121
Vegetables 126
Breads 127
Desserts 129
Drinks 133
Chapter 7 Special Programs for Kwanzaa 135
Chapter 8 How Do I Prepare for Kwanzaa? 145
Chapter 9 Where to Buy 149
Glossary 155
Bibliography 158
Calendar 160
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