Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (October 3, 1996)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #28 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Kwanzaa
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: 1 - 5
The books begins by providing a very general history of Africa. However, some of the claims that are made I do not think are true, such as the Brer Rabbits stories were about slaves and their slave owners. Having read a book of Brer Rabbits tales, I think that the slave that Joel Chandler Harris interviewed for the Brer Rabbit books was retelling stories that originated from Africa. But, I like the illustrations in the book, each one of them could be a story by itself. Moreover, the real value of this piece of the literature is the last two-thirds of the book, where the seven days of Kwanzaa are explained and reference materials for Kwanzaa is given.
The book was very informative, but I only ended up reading a sentence or two from a few pages to my Kindergarten class. The illustrations are nice from an adult perspective but boring for the students. I wouldn't recommend this as a read-aloud for an elementary class. I feel misled by the title and the cover illustrations; it isn't really a "story" and it isn't really for children.
Donna Washington is a wonderful storyteller, and the illustrations in this book do the story justice as well. This is a great addition to any school or family library collection as it explains the tradition of Kwanzaa in an accessible and appealing way.
Just the right amount of info for young minds. Simple but thorough explanations and instructions introduced my daughter to this holiday much better than I could. She wants to do something different each year. So, this book has lasting value.
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