for Have a Happy--
by Mildred Pitts Walter
and Carole Byard
Although 11-year-old Chris has four reasons for people to wish him a Happy Birthday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Year, this December is difficult because his father is unemployed. Uncle Ronald's leadership for this family's African-American Kwanzaa celebration gives Chris a focus for his ability to create handmade gifts as well as a new sense of the Kwanzaa principles. Honest characterizations, a brisk pace, short sentences and a genuine representation of peer and sibling interactions earmark an easy-to-read novel expanded with eight full-page black-and-white illustrations. A Swahili glossary and information about Kwanzaa follow the story. (Ages 5-12)
CCBC Choices 1989. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1989. Used with permission.
Upset because his birthday falls on Christmas and will therefore be eclipsed as usual, and worried that there is less money because his father is out of work, eleven-year-old Chris takes solace in the carvings he is preparing for Kwanzaa, the Afro-American celebration of their cultural heritage.
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