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Imani's Gift At Kwanzaa (Multicultural…

Imani's Gift At Kwanzaa (Multicultural Celebrations)

by Denise Burden-Patmon

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This was a great book for two reasons. First, the plot of "Imani's Gift At Kwanzaa" teaches about the holiday of Kwanzaa and the seven principles that the holiday symbolizes. Kwanzaa is one of the least talked about holidays so this is an entertaining book that can bring culture to the classroom or home. I also enjoyed this book because the characters are realistic and teach valuable lessons. The main character Imani learns the meaning of her name is Unity and her actions toward a friend in the story reflect the meaning. Imani welcomes an unwanted friend into her family celebration of Kwanzaa against her wishes because this is the true meaning of the holiday. The overall message of "Imani's Gift at Kwanzaa" is one of unity. ( )
  gregclemens | Apr 10, 2017 |
This book is about a girl named Imani. She lives with her grandmother and they are about to celebrate Kwanzaa. They are having friend and family over to dinner and helping them celebrate the night. One girl named Enna doesn't know about it. She always makes funny of Imani. Imani doesn't like gettingmad funny of so she tell her grandmother. Her grandmother then tell her to have Enna something to help her undertsand what they are celebrating. So that is what Imani does and Enna just like the gift and the girls just giggles the night away.

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i enjoyed reading the book and think that this book is good for the grades second, third, and fourth.

Extension Ideas
1. Have the students draw a paper doll of themselves and place it in the classroom.
2. Have the students make friends with other students that they usually don't talk too.
  kathellenahagen | Oct 28, 2012 |
Imani has a friend that is coming to her M'dears house for the Kwanzaa celebration. This girl, Enna, is always mean to Imani. She is upset but her M'dear assures her that she should be nice and make Enna a gift to feel welcome. She does and they end up becoming friends.
Personal reaction:
I found this book to be informational and interesting. I did not know a thing about Kwanzaa, but now I do!
Classroom extensions:
1. Have the class hold their own day of Kwanzaa if there is anyone who celebrates this holiday.
2. Challenge the class to explore other cultural celebrations and present them to the class
  mendie.cargill | Mar 28, 2011 |
Summary: Imanis is so excited about Kwanzaa because she gets to light the candles. It is a time for family, and she is not excited about Enna being there because she makes fun of her name. Imanis gives Enna a gift and they become friends.

Personal Experience: I thought Kwanzaa was a Jewish holiday so I learned it is an African holiday.

Classroom Ideas:
1. I would ask the class about holidays they celebrate.
2. I would talk about how Imansi did a good thing for Enna even though, Enna made fun of Imanis.
  Maria.kuntz | Mar 27, 2011 |
This story is about an African American girl named Imani celebrating Kwanzaa. M'dear, Imani's grandmother shares the history and meaning of Kwanzaa with Imani. The young girl shares the knowledge of Kwanzaa with a new family member Enna who by shareing a gift with her that M'dear encourgages her to make and the two girls are united.

I really enjoyed this story and was really unware of the background of Kwanzaa before reading this book. I think this book should be shared students every Christmas season.

One extension idea for this book would be to have each student share with the class their favorite holiday and a tradtion they may have associated with that holiday. Another extension idea would be to get a chart of Kwanzaa symbols and have the children make a Kwanzaa poster using a potatoes to stamp a design.
  ltipton | Jul 2, 2010 |
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The Kwanzaa celebration begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days. During Kwanzaa, African Americans remember their ancestors and celebrate the values that hold their communities together.

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An Afro-American girl learns the real meaning of Kwanzaa.

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