Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
Kwanzaa has started and I am including Kwanzaa: My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate and illustrated by Cal Massey.
The book introduces the reader the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa:
December 26 - Umoja (Unity - We help each other)
December 27 - Kujichagulia ( Self-Determination - We decide things for ourselves)
December 28 - Ujima - (Collective Work and Responsibility - We work together to make life better)
December 29 - Ujamaa - (Cooperative Economics - We build support and our own business)
December 30 - Nia - (Purpose - We have a reason for living)
December 31 - Kuumba - (Creativity - We use our minds and hands to make things)
January 1 - Imani - (Faith - We believe in ourselves, our ancestors, and our future)
An Afterward is included near the end of the book with a brief description of the Kwanzaa holiday and its founding my Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga. The book ends with a listing of the the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and a brief description. Readers are referred to Dr. Karenga's book: "The African American Holilday of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, & Culture. Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press, 1988.
Symbols and Words Used During Kwanzaa is nicely included at the end along with brief bios for the author Deborah M. Newton Chocolate and the illustrator Cal Massey.
This book is quite a feast for the eyes, ears, mind, and soul.
I recommend this book for all children of all cultures to learn more about this exciting holiday!
Until the next time....
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!