Kevin is excited for his turn to light the candles on the last night of Kwanzaa. As he narrates through the week of Kwanzaa, readers learn about the origins, purpose, and rituals of this holiday.
This book does a great job of simply explaining Kwanzaa through they eyes of a boy. I like that the book has extra information and facts to go along with the story, as well as a glossary and instructions to make a Kwanzaa craft at the end of the book.
This book is a nice introduction to Kwanzaa, and the basics of how the celebration progresses. There are additional facts about Kwanzaa and African American heritage on many of the page, as well as the swahili words for each of the seven day. I found the way the book is organized into chapters (to clarify, this is still a picture book) distracting, and that it broke up what little story there was.
<p>Lisa Bullard is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for children, including<em> You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids</em>. She teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and regularly visits schools to talk with students about story-writing.</p>