Morninghouse's candid book does all readers a favor by acknowledging that Kwanzaa is not exactly a household word. Ample text...conjures up a closely knit family that is unselfconscious about developing new traditions... Like the story, Kim's jewel-toned paintings exude warmth...
Explanations of Kwanzaa are expertly woven into the story, emphasizing that cooperation, community service, and family are important every day of the year, not only during Kwanzaa. Jody Kim's richly colored paintings and bold woodcuts complement the story.
Detailed artwork, bilingual notations, and a glossary of terms complement the text and encourage interaction and discussion. Recommended as a history/culture resource during Black History Month--and beyond--as well as a guide during Kwanzaa.
Richly colored illustrations by Jody Kim enhance the day-by-day descriptions of both the festive rituals and the underlying principles upon which the holiday is founded. A glossary that explains the Seven Principles will prove useful for students and adults.
Destined to become a classic.
Quarterly Black Review
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