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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

by Angela Shelf Medearis

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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. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Lovely folk tale explaining Kwaanza. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Seven different colors of thread
  AkiHicks | Dec 1, 2013 |
In this fable seven sons from a small African village are always quarreling. One day the father died and the seven brothers had to make gold out of the seven spools of thread that the father left for them . If they succeed then they get all of the fathers' possessions. They worked together to make a loom and weave the most beautiful fabric. The king bought the fabric for gold and they sons taught the other villagers how to make the fabric from the loom. The villagers prospered. I would use this story as a multicultural tale which teaches a moral of how to work together and not be greedy. I love the art used on the black cards which scratch out the rainbow scenes.
  suarnawa1 | Apr 12, 2013 |
In an African village, seven brothers live a miserable life of constant bickering and fighting. However, when their father dies he leaves a very strange will: the brothers must make gold from seven spools of colored thread by sundown, or they will all be left with no inheritance and become beggars. Using the "seven principles" of Kwanzaa, the brothers pull together for the sake of their family and their community. The seven Ashanti brothers learn to work together as a family, farming the land, and living life in honor of their late father. ( )
  esproull | Apr 29, 2012 |
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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.

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When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.… (more)

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