Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
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
A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Striking woodcuts and a resonant original folktale are the warp and weft of this understated, effective approach to Kwanzaa.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars. Using the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles of Kwanzaa, the author has created an unforgettable story that shows how family members can pull together, for their own good and the good of the entire community. Magnificent and inspiring linoleum block prints by Daniel Minter bring joy to this Kwanzaa celebration.
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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 is the illustrator of several award-winning picture books. He is also an adjunct instructor of art at the Maine College of Art. Minter finds inspiration for his work from observing the natural world and thinking about history and science. He is the founding director of Maine Freedom Trails, an organization dedicated to identifying sites related to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement. Minter lives with his family in Portland, Maine.
"A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library collections."
"Well-paced, the story incorporates the Kwanzaa values without spelling them out too much."