Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa StoryBy
Written by Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrated by Daniel Minter
This is a wonderful folktale style story with glorious illustrations that seems to embody the very spirit of Kwanzaa. The tale starts with a father who has lost his wife and must take care of his seven sons all by himself. Although the sons have many blessings, it seems that all they can do is fight all day long. However, when their father passes away, he has left them with a test. If they turn seven spools of thread into gold in one day without fighting, they can have all that was his.
How will the boys accomplish this? And what will be discovered when they learn to work together instead of fighting all day long? Will they learn the seven principals of Kwanzaa during their struggle to turn thread into gold? And will they find a way to benefit everyone in their village instead of just their own personal needs? Pick up this beautifully illustrated book to discover how the boys solved this tough riddle and in the process, learned how to put the seven principles of Kwanzaa into action.
Without giving away more of the story, the book also mentions kente cloth and offers an easy-to-do hand weaving project (similar to those used in Africa) that is perfect for small hands or beginning crafters. I’m off to try making a kente style belt today!
This is a beautiful book for so many reasons! Perfect for any home school or classroom library!
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.