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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

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4/5 (5 évaluations)
Longueur:
41 pages
1 heure
Sortie:
Sep 1, 2000
ISBN:
9780807573174
Format:
Livre

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In an African village live seven brothers who make 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 or they will be turned out as beggars.
Sortie:
Sep 1, 2000
ISBN:
9780807573174
Format:
Livre

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Seven Spools of Thread - Angela Shelf Medearis

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  • (2/5)
    This is the story of seven brothers in Ghana, that always argued with one another. Upon their father's death, they learn that their inheritance will be divided evenly between them. But, in order to receive the inheritance, they must work together and "learn how to make gold out of these spools of silk thread." They decided to weave the thread together, to create a beautiful, patterned cloth. Then, they sold their cloth in exchange for gold. In order to help the poor people of their village, they decide to "teach them how to turn thread into gold." In the pages preceding the story, the author, Angela Shelf Medearis, provides information about the holiday Kwanzaa, and its seven principles. The story was written to embody the principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, co-operative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Medearis' story shows what can happen when people work together. It is written as a kind of folk tale, and illustrated beautifully. Illustrator Daniel Minter created artwork from linoleum block prints. Each illustration shows the seven sons, wearing bright red garments that reveal their strong arms and dark skin. Their faces are not seen, but, instead, are like silhouettes. The sun shines in each picture, and and readers can almost feel its heat. Children who are learning about Kwanzaa can benefit from this story, as can any child.
  • (4/5)
    This story was wonderfully illustrated. The story teaches students a wonderful lesson tied into the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The author gives an excellent description of Kwanzaa's history and principles in the beginning and even gives a fun craft activity at the end. However, the principles will not be obvious to children through the story alone. Connections need to be made through the information at the beginning or through discussion. But, it's an excellent book to discuss with children.
  • (4/5)
    Lovely folk tale explaining Kwaanza.
  • (4/5)
    Just read it and loved it. I really liked how each principle was outlined. The story about the seven brothers was wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful.