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Seven Spools of Thread
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Seven Spools of Thread
A Kwanzaa Story
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...
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...
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  • 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 principals 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.

About the Author-

  • Angela Shelf Medearis has been called "one of the most influential writers of children's literature in Texas" by Texas Monthly magazine, and rightly so. Her desire to write books for children was the result of working with second-graders who had difficulty reading. Medearis went on to found Book Boosters, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to tutoring children who need a boost in their self-esteem and help with their reading.


    Medearis has written more than sixty-seven books for children. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and frequent co-author and collaborator, Michael.


    Daniel Minter is from Ellaville, Georgia. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta. He often works in the same medium used by many generations of southern African-Americans, carving and painting on wood, and his art reflects the beauty and richness of his heritage.
    Minter has illustrated other children's books, including The Riches of Oseola McCarty. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.

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  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "Medearis has crafted an original story with the timeless tone of a traditional folktale, subtly incorporating the seven principles of Kwanzaa into her plot. . . . Minter's striking linoleum block-print illustrations complement the story perfectly, with the seven decidedly different brothers shown in silhouette against jewel-bright backgrounds full of intriguing details of African village life. . . . A fine choice for a Kwanzaa gift, and a first choice for most school and public-library...

  • School Library Journal "This well-written story with a purpose shows how seven Ashanti brothers utilize the seven principles of Kwanzaa in order to live harmoniously and to earn their inheritance. . . . An attractive addition."

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