Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

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Albert Whitman & Company
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7.9 X 9.9 X 0.2 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS is a well-known reading consultant and the award-winning author of more than seventy books for children. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Daniel Minter was born in Ellaville, a small rural community in southern Georgia. He graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta and shortly afterwards began working as an illustrator, arts educator, painter, and sculptor. He resides in Maine.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2001
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People for 2001
2001 ALA Notable Book for Children
2002-2003 Show Me Readers Award Master List
2003 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Master List
Not Just for Children Anymore! 2001
2001 Notable Books for a Global Society Honor Book
2003 Winner, Storytelling World Award

"Medearis has crafted an original story with the timeless tone of a traditional folktale, subtly incorporating the seven principles of Kwanzaa into her plot...Minter's striking linoleum block-print illustrations complement the story perfectly, with the seven decidedly different brothers shown in silhouette against jewel-bright backgrounds full of intriguing details of African village life...A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library collections."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Well-paced, the story incorporates the Kwanzaa values without spelling them out too much. Minter's attractively composed, dramatic painted woodcuts, with strong community images and lively, silhouetted figures, root the story in a sun-drenched, magical landscape that will draw children even after repeated readings."--Booklist

"Striking woodcuts and a resonant original folktale are the warp and weft of this understated, effective approach to Kwanzaa. Beginning with a brief description of the holiday's origins and its seven principles, Medearis skillfully weaves these tenets into an entertaining story."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This well-written story with a purpose shows how seven Ashanti brothers utilize the seven principles of Kwanzaa in order to live harmoniously and to earn their inheritance...An attractive addition."--School Library Journal