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From the Series Celebrating Holidays

Black, red, and green. These are the colors of Kwanzaa, the celebration of African-American culture. Black represents African heritage. And red and green stand for the hard times of the past and hope for the future. Beginning readers will learn some Swahili as they read about the seven days of Kwanzaa.

Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Category Leveled Readers
Subject Blastoff! Readers Level 2, Social Studies
Copyright 2017
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Blastoff! Readers
Blastoff! Readers Level 2
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.3
Reading Counts! Quiz Q71216
Reading Counts! Points 1.0
BISACS JNF026050, JNF026000
Dewey 394.2612
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 590
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 2.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 188926
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents



Created in 1966 in the U.S., Kwanzaa celebrates African American heritage and culture and is now observed around the world. As part of the Series, this book shows young readers the traditions affiliated with Kwanzaa, such as lighting the Kinara and discussing the principles associated with each of the Kinara’s seven candles. It also explains how much of this holiday is based on African harvest festivals. The book’s many photos are full of bright colors, smiling faces, and dancing- conveying the joyful spirit of the celebration. This level-2 reader uses large, clear fonts; offers a pronunciation guide; and limits text to one to two sentences per page. It also includes simple craft instructions for making a Kwanzaa flag. A cheerful overview of Kwanzaa’s significance and festivities.

Author: Rachel Grack