Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

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Explains the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, coinciding with Christmas and inspired by African harvest festivities, and the lighting of seven candles during Kwanzaa week, each symbolizing a different principle.

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Although Kwanzaa commemorates an ancient African harvest ritual, it is a relatively new holiday in North America. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa comfortably explains the origins, language, and daily themes of this warm and festive seven-day holiday. Author Andrea Davis Pinkney's tone is that of a friendly, well-informed teacher, which is fine considering the purpose of the book. Ideas for daily Kwanzaa rituals abound. For example, on the fourth day, in honor of ujamaa (cooperative family economics), families can use the coins that they've saved over the year to buy a gift for the family "like a clock that chimes or a hallway mirror." Illustrator Brian Pinkney takes on the more colorful role of storyteller with his scratchboard drawings of a family in the midst of daily Kwanzaa activities and celebrations. Each domestic scene is framed in an earth-toned border of traditional African patterns--bridging the two continents page by page. The thoughtful details and human interactions in each drawing speak to the core meaning of the holiday, that of honoring one's family, community, and heritage. (Ages 7 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Andrea Davis Pinkney is a children's book editor and a freelance writer. She is married to Brian Pinkney who has illustrated a number of acclaimed books for children, including Robert D. San Souci's Sukey and the Mermaid, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and The Dark-Thirty by Patricia McKissack, a Newbery Honor Book. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.

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