MY FIRST KWANZAA by Karen Katz

MY FIRST KWANZAA

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

With colorful collage and mixed-media illustrations alongside brief, yet informative text, Katz’s latest offers youngsters an engaging introduction to the African-American holiday. She tells the story through the eyes of a young girl celebrating with her family. In the opening pages, the child, cherubic and round-faced, explains traditional elements, such as the kinara, or candleholder, in which seven candles, one for each day of Kwanzaa, are placed. Next, the girl explains the significance of each day and the “special idea” it represents. Umoja, or unity, for example, is honored on day one. (The Swahili name for each day, its pronunciation and translation, prefaces each section; various other Swahili words are interspersed throughout.) A solid, sweet, and meaty choice for holiday reading. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8050-7077-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2003




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