This book was written especially to celebrate Kwanzaa, the holiday created for African Americans in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karena, a college professor who felt his community needed a "special time" to focus on and treasure their past and their hopes for the future. Kwanzaa lasts from December 26 until January 1. It is built of seven principles called Nguzo Saba. They include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, co-operative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. This tale based in Ghana and illustrated with strong, vibrant woodcuts, introduces us to seven Ashanti brothers who have disappointed their father. They are greedy, self-centered, and spend hours arguing among themselves instead of doing anything productive. When the father dies, each son expects to receive the full inheritance all for himself. Instead, each boy is given a different colored spool of silk thread and told to turn each spool of thread into gold before the moon rises that evening. They must work together and not argue or their father's possessions will be given to the poor villagers instead. The brothers agree to work together and set about to solve the riddle. Instructions for making a version of Kente cloth are included Ages 5-9 40 pages
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
Albert Whitman 2000
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