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STRENGTHENING THE FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY
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.
About 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
Table of Contents
A History of Africans and Africans in America and Its Importance in the Celebration of Kwanzaa
What Are the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and How Are They Practiced?
What Are the Symbols of Kwanzaa and How Are They Used in the Celebration?
Crafts to Make Before Kwanzaa
The Mishumaa Saba (Candles)
The Mkeka (Mat)
The Kikombe Cha Umoja (Unity Cup)
The Bendera Ya Taifa (Unity Flag)
Gifts to Make for Kwanzaa
Recipes for a Well-Fed Kwanzaa
Special Programs for Kwanzaa
How Do I Prepare for Kwanzaa?
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