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Seven Spools of Thread

  •  Angela Shelf Medearis

  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2001
    Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People for 2001
    2001 ALA Notable Book for Children
    2002-2003 Show Me Readers Award Master List
    2003 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Master List
    Not Just for Children Anymore! 2001
    2001 Notable Books for a Global Society Honor Book
    2003 Winner, Storytelling World Award

    "A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "Striking woodcuts and a resonant original folktale are the warp and weft of this understated, effective approach to Kwanzaa."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

    In an African village live seven brothers who make family 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. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars. Using the Nguzo Saba, or "seven principles" of Kwanzaa, the author has created an unforgettable story that shows how family members can pull together, for their own good and the good of the entire community. Magnificent and inspiring linoleum block prints by Daniel Minter bring joy to this Kwanzaa celebration.

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