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Kwanzaa : seven days of African-American pride
Gnojewski, Carol.
Personal Author:
Library edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow, [2004]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Presents the history and meaning behind the observance of Kwanzaa.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 1.0 81685.
Format :


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GT4403.A2 G56 2004 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
GT4403.A2 G56 2004 Current Holiday Item Holiday
GT4403.A2 G56 2004 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means first fruits. This African-American holiday, which is based on traditional African harvest festivals, centers around the Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles of black culture. In this wonderful addition to the Finding Out About Holidays series, author Carol Gnojewski explains the development of Kwanzaa by Professor Maulana Karenga, an African-American cultural leader. She explores the seven principles, and explains how they can be used to enrich every American's daily life. Full-color photographs, a craft project, and Internet addresses help the reader understand more about the traditions and practices involved in this wonderful holiday.

Author Notes

Carol Gnojewski enjoys working with children to develop stories and dramas. She received her B.A. in Children's Theatre and Creative Writing from Northwestern University and an M.Ed. in Creative Arts Curriculum Studies from Lesley University, Cambridge. She lives with her son, Conrad, in the Pacific Northwest

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This book offers an overview of the history, symbols, and activities surrounding this quintessentially American celebration, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to pay tribute to African-American culture and identity. Swahili words are defined and include pronunciation guides. Descriptions are clear and offer simple, creative ideas to children and adults to help them plan displays and gatherings without spending a lot of money. The layout is attractive, but many of the full-color photographs seem arbitrarily chosen and do nothing to enhance readers' understanding of the holiday.-M. A. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Shared Harvestp. 5
2 A Brand-New Dayp. 9
3 Shared Beliefsp. 15
4 The Kwanzaa Setp. 19
5 Celebrate Each Dayp. 25
6 Come and Celebratep. 37
Kwanzaa Projectp. 40
Words to Knowp. 43
Reading Aboutp. 46
Internet Addressesp. 47
Indexp. 48