Kwanzaa

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A smiling girl and boy seem to say, "Come on in!" when they look at young readers from the front cover of this book. They are decked in colorful dressy clothes of deep red and gold. Fancy hats complete their outfits. A gift and food, also on the cover, show that those items are part of Kwanzaa, too. Inside the book, young readers discover much more about the holiday. They can utilize rebus pictures paired with words on an opening spread to learn that books and corn are part of the holiday and how a special rug (kente) and a special candle holder (kinara) are used to celebrate the special holiday time from December 26 through January 1st. As with all books in this "Holiday Fun" series, the format succeeds in being user friendly. It consists of a 7" x 7" layout in twenty-four pages with large print and only one sentence per page. Each sentence contains a rebus so youngsters can quickly "read" along. Bright, full page photos accompany and enhance the text. They show happy adults and children as they go about their holiday preparation and celebrating. This book makes a good supplement to holiday units, or to social studies, and history lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Each book begins with a list of "Picture Words" related to the holiday, followed by a simple text combined with pictures to describe how people celebrate. Repetition of action words makes these books somewhat useful for beginning readers, e.g., "We hang the [lights]. We hang the [stockings]." However, as with many books for this audience, there is very little explanation of what these holidays are about aside from a minimal definition in the glossary. It is also notable that in Hanukkah, no mention is made of the oil that is central to the holiday. Large, clear photographs face each page of text. Aside from the appeal of the rebus format, these titles are merely additional.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These titles are decidedly uneven in their presentations. While all have the simple text and abundant color photos, two suffer notable omissions. In Chanukah, the generally thorough text is marred by a description of the menorah lighting that fails to make clear that one additional candle is lit on each successive night. The most disappointing of the three is Christmas, which focuses almost entirely on festivities (decorating, eating, presents), while basically ignoring the meaning of the holiday and why it is celebrated. Only Kwanzaa avoids these sorts of oversights, providing a balanced introduction to the holiday and giving children a sense of its purpose and traditions.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761448877
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Benchmark Rebus Series: Holiday Fun
  • Pages: 2
  • Sales rank: 1,051,431
  • Age range: 6 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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