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Kwanzaa: A Family Affair

by Mildred Pitts Walter

Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1995
95 pages
ISBN: 0-688-11553-5

Age 9-adult

The author of Have a Happy... (Lothrop, 1989), a novel about a boy and his family celebrating Kwanzaa, has been celebrating Kwanzaa for 30 years. In this user friendly handbook she interprets the background, seven principles, and the symbols of Kwanzaa, a special African-American time between December 26 and January 1. Daily activities are described, and a helpful crafts section contains directions for making games, gifts and other items needed during Kwanzaa. Four recipes are included along with a glossary, pronunciation key and a list of related books. Most of these activities can be undertaken by a reliable older child or teenager, although Ms. Walter encourages readers to secure a parent's permission. Walter is the author of many children's books, including Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World (Lothrop, 1986), Mariah Loves Rock (Bradbury, 1988), Mariah Keeps Cool (Bradbury, 1990), and Trouble's Child (Lothrop, 1985) a novel for young teenagers. CCBC categories: SEASONS AND CELEBRATIONS; ACTIVITIES.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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