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CLASSIC KWANZAA POEMS; NEW AND SELECTED

Author: JohnnieRenee Nelson

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Publisher: House of Nia,

Material: paperback

Summary: This book celebrates the cultural, social, spiritual, and personal facets of the African American holiday of Kwanzaa. This celebration has very special meaning for the Black Community. This is the author's poetic reflections on Kwanzaa and what it means to her.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and Up; read yourself: 12 and Up

Interest Level: 10 and Up

Young Reader Reaction: pending

Adult Reader Reaction: When the reader has completed the last poem and closes the book, s/he will be struck by the richness of the culture, the wisdom imparted in the poetry, and the deep sense of pride and joy that is the heritage of Black Americans.

Pros: This is a book celebrating black culture but accessible to all. Each poem touches some aspect of the cultural heritage of Black Americans.

Cons: Some illustrations might have enhanced the presentation of the poetry.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It offers individuals, particularly Black Americans, material to celebrate and take pride in their heritage. School and community libraries should have this book on their shelves.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NAMA KWA'S GARDEN   WHEN BAT WAS A BIRD AND OTHER ANIMAL TALES FROM AFRICA   BLACKBIRD

Educational Themes: Selections from the book can be used to help students in multi-ethnic classrooms learn to understand and appreciate cultural differences and similarities. Imaginative teachers can find numerous ways to use these poems in and out of the classroom.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - poetry, Christmas, cultures and tradition, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2006

Other Reviews: See Critics' Review and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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