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The Children's Book of Kwanzaa


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Contents Introduction Chapter 1 A History of Africans and Africans in America and Its Importance in the Celebration of Kwanzaa Chapter 2 What Are the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and How Are They Practiced? Chapter 3 What Are the Symbols of Kwanzaa and How Are They Used in the Celebration? Chapter 4 Crafts to Make Before Kwanzaa The Kinara The Mishumaa Saba (Candles) The Mkeka (Mat) Mazao Basket The Kikombe Cha Umoja (Unity Cup) The Bendera Ya Taifa (Unity Flag) Chapter 5 Gifts to Make for Kwanzaa Jewelry Decorative Items Musical Instruments Textiles Paper Crafts Books Toys Chapter 6 Recipes for a Well-Fed Kwanzaa Appetizers/Salads Main Dishes Vegetables Breads Desserts Drinks Chapter 7 Special Programs for Kwanzaa Chapter 8 How Do I Prepare for Kwanzaa? Chapter 9 Where to Buy Glossary Bibliography Calendar

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


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.)

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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