Kente Colors by Debbi Chocolate

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A joyful ode to kente celebrates the beauty and tradition of this West African fabric that is now so popular in America. Rhythmic verse shows the special meaning of colors and patterns while glorious paintings show kente as it is used and worn in Ghana, from babies' blankets to dancers' capes. An author's note further explains kente's rich symbolism. Readers young and old will delight in discovering the connections between African culture and the colorful cloth we love to wear.

About Debbi Chocolate

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Debbi Chocolate is the award-winning author of many books for young readers. She lives with her husband and two sons in a suburb of Chicago.John Ward is the acclaimed illustrator of several children's books. John and his wife, Olympia, live in Freeport, New York.
Published September 1, 1997 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Chocolate (My First Kwanzaa Book, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) states in her introduction, kente is a bright, colorful cloth made by the Ashante and the Ewe in Ghana and Togo.

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The cloth's vivid tones (red, yellow, blue, black and gold) are explored for their symbolic values and matched with scenes from African and African American culture and daily life.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that the beautiful images of African culture overwhelm the rhyming text, which doesn't express the ceremonial and symbolic significance of kente.

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