REVIEW: Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Daniel Minter
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.
Though the story is not actually about Kwanzaa, the actions of the seven brothers display and teach the principles of it. Seven quarreling brothers must somehow learn to harmoniously work together or they will lose their inheritance. The text is both easy for children to understand and as well as instructive regarding the benefits of economic and creative problem solving and overcoming differences for a common goal. The “woodcut” style illustrations are gorgeous and eye catching. B+