Stock Image

The Gifts of Kwanzaa

James, Synthia Saint

Published by Albert Whitman & Company, Morton Grove, Illinois, 1994
ISBN 10: 0807529079 / ISBN 13: 9780807529072
/ Condition: Fine / Hardcover
Quantity Available: 1
From Sanctuary Books, A.B.A.A. (New York, NY, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
Price: US$ 75.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 5.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

30 Day Return Policy

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Gifts of Kwanzaa

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company, Morton Grove, Illinois

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.


Full-color illustrated laminate boards; in matching dust jacket; illustrated in full-color throughout. Inscribed by the author to Lena Horne, the incomparable performer and brave civil rights activist: "For Lena -- Sending much love! Synthia.". Bookseller Inventory # JC-LH2660

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.83 avg rating
(18 ratings)

Synopsis: "Saint James' clear, accessible introduction to Kwanzaa includes explanations of the Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles) as well as information about the holiday's origin. . . . Enjoyable as well as handy, the book will be a strong addition to both school and public library collections".--"Booklist". Full color.

Review: "Habari gani? What news?" Synthia Saint James presents the language and origins of Kwanzaa with enticing writing and bold pictures that honor the people and colors of Africa. In her concise introduction, she explains that "'Kwanzaa, which means 'first fruits' in the African language of Swahili, is celebrated for seven days, from December 26 to January 1 ... There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, one for each day. They were designed especially for our children, our future." On this note the author launches into a vibrant discussion of Kwanzaa that is sure to engage children well into the future. Beholding Kwanzaa from the eyes of a young child, Saint James explains the daily rituals with passages such as, "On the first day of Kwanzaa, I light the one black candle in the kinara (kee-NAH-rah), the candleholder. It shines for our pride in the black race. We light the red candle the next day to remember our struggle; the green on the next for our hopes and dreams." Saint James's proud interpretations of the Swahili words and symbolic objects of Kwanzaa are accompanied by illustrations that look as though they've been neatly carved out of tempura-painted paper. Children will love the uncluttered images and the obvious respect for the child's angle of vision. (Ages 4 to 7) --Gail Hudson

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • Check
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Seller a Question]

Bookseller: Sanctuary Books, A.B.A.A.
Address: New York, NY, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: July 15, 2002
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

Please reserve books by email or by phone. All items subject to prior
sale. NYS residents must include 8.875% sales tax. We accept checks,
money orders, online payment through paypal. Full refund within 15 days
provided book is returned in same condition as sent.

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.