Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa


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Kwanzaa is a unique African-American holiday celebrated by millions of families every year between December 26 and January 1. The word kwanzaa comes from the African language Swahili, and means "first fruits of the harvest."

Since ancient times, in countries all over Africa, families have joined together to celebrate the end of the harvest and the beginning of the new planting season. Today in the United States, families and friends gather together to commemorate the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of the community, and gratitude for life's good. For each day of Kwanzaa, a new candle is lit in the seven-branched kinara, or candleholder. Gathering around it, children and adults share their thoughts, sing songs, tell stories from the past, and dream about the future. On the last day, with seven flames dancing, everyone gathers for a delicious feast of international foods. Then the party begins!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140564280
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

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Seven Candles for Kwanzaa 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about Kwanzaa with explanations about the days and traditional objects. It has pronunciations for all the words.
alswartzfager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes the reader through the seven days of Kwanzaa, which is an African holiday. I found this book interesting and actually learned a lot myself from this. The illustrator for this book is Brian Pinkney. The pictures are unique and the way they are drawn reminds me of something you would see in Africa. This would be a great book for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, I was looking for one book to explain Kwanzaa. This book was everything I needed! It gave excellent descriptions of each day of Kwanzaa, along with the ponunciation. Once again, the Pinkneys have done a great job!