Age Range: 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic; First Edition edition (October 1997)
Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Ford managed to teach about the Kwanzaa in an interesting way to children, and was not stereotypical. This is a great book to teach cultural diversity in the classroom, because it does not belittle any race or culture. Read it, and you'll see!!
This is an absolutely wonderful book. The artwork is excellent. The information is invaluable. My 2 year old son loves for me to read this book to him. As he grows older he will surely look back on this book as the starting ground and foundation of his culture.
A wonderful primer for anyone new to the ways and wonder of Kwanzaa.
The book provides some background on Kwanzaa, For example, Dr Karenga took the name of the holiday from the Swahili word "Kwanza, " which means "the first fruits of the harvest." The extra "a" was added so the name would have seven letters to match the seven principles of Kwanzaa. In addition, the book uses the alphabet to introducewords that are associated with Kwanzaa. So, the book can teach children the Alphabet and Kwanaa at the same time.
great for using in my classroom!
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