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The Sound of Kwanzaa

by Dimitrea Tokunbo
Illustrated by Lisa Cohen

Published by Scholastic Press, 2009
24 pages
ISBN: 978-0-545-01865-4

Ages 4 - 8

"Come close, gather round. Listen to the sound of Kwanzaa." The repeated refrain opens the simple narrative on each spread introducing one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa through example and definition: "Loving words and greeting family, we stand together for UMOJA. UMOJA means 'unity'.... Working hands and ancient stories, we learn our traditions for KUJICHAGULIA. KUJICHAGULIA means 'self-determination.'" With each principle and turn of the page, a candle is lit--first black, then red and green. Bold, brightly colored illustrations by Lisa Cohen accompany the words of this welcome book that includes an author's note about attending her first Kwanzaa celebration, a glossary, and a recipe. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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