Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa: With Candles, Community, and the Fruits of the Harvest (Paperback)
With succinct, lively text and beautiful photographs, this book celebrates African-American culture and helps us to understand and appreciate this special holiday. Over the course of seven days, families and friends come together to light the candles that symbolize past and future—and African-American unity. We gather as a community to make music and to dance; to feast on harvest foods and the good things of the earth; and to exchange simple, often homemade gifts. Readers are introduced to the symbols of the holiday, such as the mkeka (a special placemat), kinara (candleholder), and kikombe cha umoja (unity cup). Important concepts, like the seven principles, are explained.
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About the Author
This is Carolyn Otto's third book in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series. Her other books include I Can Tell by Touching, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and What Color Is Camouflage?, illustrated by Megan Lloyd. Ms. Otto lives in Highland Ranch, CO.