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KENTE COLORS by Debbi Chocolate


by Debbi Chocolate & illustrated by John Ward

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 30th, 1996
ISBN: 0-8027-8388-0
Publisher: Walker

 As Chocolate (My First Kwanzaa Book, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) states in her introduction, kente is a bright, colorful cloth made by the Ashante and the Ewe in Ghana and Togo. The text consists of short, loose rhymes--a line per page--describing the various colors of the cloth, and explaining some of their symbolic significance. The rich illustrations depict people wearing garments of different colors in a variety of contexts (work, wedding, etc.). These group portraits under generally African skies interpret the rhymes in a realistic and thoughtful way; simply composed tableaux convey a consistently strong sense of people and landscapes. (Picture book. 4-8)