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To retell any stories, get permission from the copyright holder if material is not in the public domain (pre-1923)
In performance, always credit your sources.
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1) Kwanzaa Songs: Music for Teaching the Seven Nights of the Kwanzaa Holiday (with sound clips)
http://www.songsforteaching.com/kwanzaasongs/

Below is an excellent cassette resource. Can be purchased at Kwanzaa Folktales.
by Jonelle Allen, Angela Bassett, John Whitman

SUMMARY Collection of original folktales illustrating each of the se
ven principles which Kwanzaa honors: Faith, Creativity, Collective work and responsibility, Purpose, Unity, Self Determination, and Cooperative economics.
Keep a watchful eye / Jonelle Allen--
Ouwangelema / Angela Bassett--
Brother rabbit and the evil lion / Roscoe Lee Browne--
How the moon came to be / Chuck D--
Anansi's strength / David Alan Grier--
The talented toad / Daphne Maxwell Reid--
Three bullheaded bulls / Raven-Symone.

Ouwangelema is basically The Name of the Tree. Here are the names of the schools in Miami who have it.
Ammons MS NP 394.261
Arvida MS NP 394.261
Bell MS NP 394.261
Carver MS NP 394.261
Hammocks MS AV 394.26 KWA
Hialeah Miami Lakes HS NP 394.261
Krop HS SC KWA
Lentin ES SC KWA
MacArthur South HS SC KWA
McMillan MS NP 394.261 KWA
Miami HS NP 394.261 KWA
Palm Springs ES SC KWA
Renick Center SC KWA
South Miami MS SC KWA
Treasure Island ES SC KWA
West Miami MS SC KwA

2) Totline Small World Celebrations ~ Around-The-World Holidays to Celebrate with Young Children by Jean Warren, Elizabeth S. McKinnon and Marion Hopping Ekberg (illus) includes lots of activities and one story for Kwanzaa - How Spider Got his Thin Middle.
Customer review: This is a great resource book for educators (and others) interested in providing childen with accurate information about holidays celebrated around the world. It's wonderful for teachers to use in classrooms to provide multicultural lessons to their students. This book provides useful background information about numerous holidays (some familiar, some not) and suggestions for activities. It is suitable for young children (toddlers and up). A wonderful resource for every classroom!


3) Here's a start. Some are African-American or African heritage and some are not:
• Unity -
-The Bundle of Twigs and The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories by Harold Herzog, George Courlander and Madye Lee Chastain (illus).

• Self determination --
The Freedom Riddle
by Angela Shelf Medearis and John Ward.
It’s Christmas on Master Brown’s plantation and, like Christmas everywhere, that means it’s time for gift giving. There are no ordinary gifts on the plantation, though. Here, there is a special tradition: when two people see each other, the first to say “Christmas gift” receives a special present. Jim, a slave, seizes the opportunity to ask Master Brown for a gift—the gift of his freedom. There’s just one catch—first Jim has to come up with a riddle that the master cannot answer. Through spring, summer, and fall, Jim struggles to come up with the perfect riddle. By Christmas, he’s ready with the riddle that will win his right to be free forever. Based on a true story first told to writer William Faulkner, The Freedom Riddle makes an important statement about freedom and history that will resonate with readers of all ages. A perfect book for Black History month that will be enjoyed again at Christmas.

• Collective work and responsibility--Kanu Above and Kanu Below;
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Aesop, retold by Amy Lowry Poole.
Retells the fable about a colony of industrious ants which busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.
Also:
The Ant and the Grasshopper: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable (Read-It! Readers) by Aesoop, retold by Mark White and Sara Rojo (illus).

• Cooperative economics --
The Little Red Hen by Carol Otoolenghi.
The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book) by Diane Muldrow and J.P. Miller.
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone.
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges and Amy Walrod.

• Purpose --
The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale by Nancy Raines Day and Ann Grifalconi (illus).
In this tale from the Amhara people of Ethiopia, a patient woman uses her experience with a wild lion to win the love of her new stepson.

The Lion's Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales: Revised Edition by Brent K. Ashabranner.
A collection of folktales from the nine tribes of Ethiopia, along with two stories from Ethiopia's religious traditions.

The Lion's Whiskers -- Tales of High Africa
by Russell and Brent David Ashabranner.

Sun & Wind

The Sun, the Wind, and Tashira: A Hottentot Tale from Africa (Folktales from Around the World)
by Elizabeth Claire and Elise Mills (illus).

• Creativity --
The Wonderful Tar-baby

Rabbit Ears Treasury of Brer Rabbit: Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby, Brer Rabbit & Boss Lion (Rabbit Ears).
Brer Rabbit and Wonderful Tar Baby (audiobook)
Read by Danny Glover
Original Music by Taj Mahal
Brer Rabbit was the sassiest critter in ten counties. Brer Fox couldn't take it anymore and stirred up a gooey, sticky Tar Baby for Brer Rabbit to run into. This whimsical tale of Brer Rabbit outsmarting his nemesis is one of the world's best-loved folktales.

Anansi or other Trickster Tales

(go to http://www.story-lovers.com/listsspiderstories.html )

• Faith --
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))
by Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (illus) and Diane Phd Dillon (illus).
“THE PEOPLE COULD FLY,” the title story in Virginia Hamilton’s prize-winning American Black folktale collection, is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.


4) The Iroko-Man: A Yoruba Folktale, retold by Phyllis Gershator.
Using a somewhat more formal approach than that found in Tukama Tootles the Flute (see review above), Gershator here retells a Yoruba folktale about a "man-spirit" who inhabits the iroko tree. He is both fearsome (anyone who looked at him face-to-face "went mad and died") and capable of working great good. So, when a Nigerian village suffers many years without a single childbirth, the women appeal to the ogre-god, promising fruit and livestock from their farms. The woodcarver's wife, having no such means, desperately pledges her first-born. The Iroko-man, true to type, does eventually demand the child, but the woodcarver, also true to type, devises a plan that pleases everyone. In her first children's book, Kim creates sumptuous compositions of painted cut papers. Radiant backgrounds and such details as regional textile patterns suffuse her spreads with light and motion. A visual feast. Ages 4-7.


5)
Think that under Self-determination, Freedom Bird would work.
Ready-To-Tell Tales (American Storytelling) by David Holt and Bill Mooney.
Comment: As for Freedom Bird, which I know, it's not an African tale which I don't feel I would tell because it's not African. Self determination YES. That funny Bong, bong, bong quilla bong that Willy Claflin introduced also shows the same determination. You reminded me of The River That Gave Gifts (Fifth World Tales) might be a perfect story for Kwanzaa also showing several of the qualities. And it's African. And the Stubborn Yam!! shows community and food that is African origin. In fact, I created my own version and instead of people used African animals getting ready for a feast. Elephant is going to get the yams to make for the feast but gets stuck in the mucky muck. Yells for help, gorilla comes, then chimpanzee, then smaller monkeys and animals until elephant gets pulled out and can go home and make all kinds of yams for dinner feast.
The River That Gave Gifts (Fifth World Tales) by Margo Humphrey.
The Fifth World Tales series comprises three bilingual titles (Adventures and Aunt Otilia in Spanish; Little Weaver in Vietnamese) and River, an Afro-American story told in English. The illustrations are childlike bold lines filled with bright, almost garish colors. For those whose eyes can take the glare, the drawings convey a folk art warmth compatible with the books' ethnic subjects. These will be useful for children in bilingual families and will give readers a peek at cultures other than their own. All ages.

6) Freedom Bird has similarities to a song that came up once before on Storytell. I can't find those posts, but do remember that Leadbelly was named as one of the singers.
A song called GREY GOOSE (Ledbetter) from Smithsonian Folkways 40044. The goose is as indestructible as the golden bird in Freedom Bird. At the end, the goose flies across the ocean with goslings behind it.
The Grey Goose sung by Lead Belly.


7) Re collective work and responsibility: Bundle of Sticks (thank you, Aesop); can be told in any context. Why Men Have to Work in Julius Lester's Black Folktales also known as Why the Sky is So Far Away, folktale from Nigeria retold by Mary-Joan Gerson. People used to just eat of piece of sky which was quite loose and handy (and yummy). They could devote themselves to the arts. People took more than they needed which made sky god angry. People were warned, but one woman didn't pay attention. The sky moved up to where it is, and people now must work for a living.

Aesop's Fables; complete and unabridged (Larger type for easy reading)
Scholars can only speculate about where and when Aesop was born; indeed, many believe he never existed. The fables bearing his name were written down in the sixth century B.C.; some two thousand years later, a collection of them was published by a Byzantine monk, who offered a biography of the author that may or may not be grounded in fact. Allegedly, Aesop was a slave of Iadomon of Samos, in Greece. He traveled widely. According to one account, he told his stories aloud to King Croesus of Lydia and thereby won his freedom. Another legend has it that he related the fable of the frogs who wanted a king to the citizens of Athens to keep them from ousting Pisistratus. But the only historical reference to Aesop is the one stating that Lysippus, a sculptor, had made a statue of him in Athens. The fables were first translated into Latin verse by Phaedrus, a Macedonian. They were translated into many other different languasges over the centuries and have, by providing enjoyment for both children and adults, kept alive the name and romantic image of their perhaps legendary slave creator.


8) This website has a section on Kwanzaa.
http://www.phillyburbs.com/christmascarols/index.shtml


9) While I looking for new Kwanzaa stories, I came upon the website of Eshu Bumpus. It tells the principles of Kwanzaa and gives a story that illustrates each principle.
http://www.folktales.net/Kwanza1.html


10) Last year for Kwanzaa, I told these stories for a large group of third graders. One of the teachers had the principles and meanings on a chart that I referred to. I tried to use African or African-American stories when I could. Did 5 of the 7. Told with principles in order of the days. (Think I used about one class period or 40 minutes - maybe a little more or less.)
1.Umoja Unity - Aesop Fable -"Bundle of Sticks" - some think that Aesop was African- did make the setting there.
2. Kujichagulia - Self Determination - "Mule" (Sometimes Donkey story with "Shake it off, Stomp it down, and Rise up!")
3. Ujima- Collective Work and Responsibility - "Chose A Wife" - third sister is choice to be new chief's wife, as she chooses to share with others, so that they may all eat and live to share again.
4. Ujamaa - Co-operative Economics - " High Mountain" - paper folding. Community works together to change a mountain and then decides to keep mountain and profit from tourist trade.
5. Nia - Purpose - "Lion Makers" - Keep your mind on your purpose -in this case to live -and use your common sense.
6. Kuumba - Creativity - "Pour, Fatma, Pour" - the father thinks creatively in this one as he outsmarts the lions.
7. Imani - Faith - "Man Who Bought A Dream"(Japanese) - man has faith in his dreams.


11) Over the years...I've always shown everyone my dreidel & then sing the Dreidel song at Holiday programs. It's easy to learn...."Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel - I made it out of clay... And when it's dry and ready, my dreidel I will play..Hey.!!.."repeat, repeat...repeat...


12) For Kwanzaa tales, go to Eshu's site for some story suggestions on tales that exhibit the principles of Kwanzaa.
Kwanza - An African American Celebration
http://www.folktales.net/Kwanza1.html


13) Hasidic Stories
http://www.hasidicstories.com/stories1.html


14) Websites on Kwanzaa for Teachers and Students
http://www.bcemtc.org/kwanzaaw.htm


15) Here's a wonderful cookie recipe for Kwanzaa cookies.

Benne Cakes
1 C. sesame seeds, toasted
1 C firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 C butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. fresh lemon juice
1 C. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt

Preheat oven to 325 F. Cream together sugar and butter, stir in the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Add Flour, baking powder, salt and sesame seeds. Drop by rounded teaspoonsful onto a greased cookie sheet. Put the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 min., until edges are browned.
Warning: it is almost impossible to eat only one! Yum yum.
Judith W.


16) Folktales.net
Storyteller Eshu Bumpus generously shares a selection of folktales, highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
http://www.folktales.net/Kwanza1.html
Karen C. 1/4/06


17) Here are some sites with fingerplays, activities, songs and stories.
Kwanzaa
http://www.stepbystepcc.com/holidays/kwanzaa.html

Kwanzaa
http://www.abcteach.com/php/static_directory.php?id=3656

Stories
Kwanza - An African American Celebration
http://www.folktales.net/Kwanza1.html
Karen C. 12/9/05


18) I did find this Kwanzaa Piggyback Song (Tune: Three Blind Mice) at:
http://www.nuttinbutkids.com/toppage11.htm

Red, green, black
Red, green, black
Kwanzaa's here,
Kwanzaa's here,
The decorations are quite a site,
We light a candle every night,
The holiday is filled with light,
Kwanzaa's here.

This should work well with the Toddlers. I will make a Kinara (candle holder for Kwanzaa) to use with red, green & black candles. I think I use this with the Preschoolers, too.
Beverly C. 12/9/05

 

KWANZAA BOOKS


A Blue's Clues Holiday (Blue's Clues (8x8)) by Angela C. Santomero, Yo-Lynn Hagood and Karen Craig.
Celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa with Blue and Steve and all their friends in this special multicultural holiday book.

My First Kwanza Book by Deborah Chocolate and Cal Massey (illus)/
During the last week of December, Kwanzaa is a time to dress up in African clothes and gather together with relatives from all over the country. Grandma brings special things to eat, Grandpa lights the candles, and everyone in the family celebrates their heritage.

Seven Days Of Kwanzaa by Melrose Cooper.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis and Daniel Minter (illus).
In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unsual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars.

The Story of Kwanzaa (Trophy Picture Books) by Donna L. Washington and Stephen Taylor (illus).
It’s Kwanzaa-time! Light the candles on the kinara! Fly the bendera, and tell stories from Africa! The festival of Kwanzaa was originated by Dr. Maulana Karenga to honor the customs and history of African Americans. The seven principles of Kwanzaa, called the Nguzo Saba, serve to remind African Americans of the struggles of the past, and also focus on present-day achievements and goals for the future. Activities at the end of the book include making your own cow-tail switch and baking benne cakes.

My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz.
A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa"Hooray! Hooray!It's time to get ready for Kwanzaa."During the seven days of Kwanzaa we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in!Author and illustrator Karen Katz kicks off a wonderful new series of picture books for the very young with My First Kwanzaa. The series will offer a simple and fun way to get familiar with the traditions of holiday celebrations from different cultures.

The Gifts of Kwanzaa by Synthia Saint James.
"Habari gani? What news?" Synthia Saint James presents the language and origins of Kwanzaa with enticing writing and bold pictures that honor the people and colors of Africa. In her concise introduction, she explains that "'Kwanzaa, which means 'first fruits' in the African language of Swahili, is celebrated for seven days, from December 26 to January 1 ... There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, one for each day. They were designed especially for our children, our future." On this note the author launches into a vibrant discussion of Kwanzaa that is sure to engage children well into the future. Beholding Kwanzaa from the eyes of a young child, Saint James explains the daily rituals with passages such as, "On the first day of Kwanzaa, I light the one black candle in the kinara (kee-NAH-rah), the candleholder. It shines for our pride in the black race. We light the red candle the next day to remember our struggle; the green on the next for our hopes and dreams." Saint James's proud interpretations of the Swahili words and symbolic objects of Kwanzaa are accompanied by illustrations that look as though they've been neatly carved out of tempura-painted paper. Children will love the uncluttered images and the obvious respect for the child's angle of vision. (Ages 4 to 7)

Kwanzaa Fun: Great Things to Make and Do (Holiday Fun) by Linda Robertson.
The simple and clear step-by-step instructions will make it easy for children to build a kinara and mishuma saba, paint a family tree, construct unity dolls, weave a mkeka, and make a unity cup. They'll also learn the history and the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Trudi Strain.

Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day by Maitefa Angaza.
From Preparation To Celebration, Make Your Kwanzaa A Family Tradition!
Traditionally, Kwanzaa brings family, friends, and the community together for a winter celebration. But Kwanzaa can be a part of your life year round. The twenty million people of African descent who celebrate this holiday steeped in cultural richness observe the holiday for its seven principles--principles that inspire the individual and promote community. Whether you're a first-time celebrant or a seasoned veteran, Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day is a must-have reference for making Kwanzaa special for you and your loved ones. With this book, you'll learn:

Planning for daily observance and festive gatherings
The seven principles at the heart of Kwanzaa...
How to involve everyone in your Karamu (feast)
Recipes for traditional dishes you can make at home...
Zawadi (gifts) that reflect your values...
Popular Kwanzaa songs and even one Kwanzaa rap...
Where to find the best Kwanzaa accessories
And more!

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna Washington. (2010 - Ages 4-8)
Li'l Rabbit is not having a very good Kwanzaa. Granna Rabbit is sick, and so his family won't celebrate his favorite part of Kwanzaa this year: a big feast called Karamu.
Li'l Rabbit knows what to do! He'll find Granna Rabbit a special treat for Karamu so she can celebrate anyway. He looks under a pile of logs, in the field, and in the pond and along the way meets Groundhog, Momma Field Mouse, and the frogs—but he doesn't find anything for Granna Rabbit. Maybe I'm just too little to help Granna Rabbit celebrate Kwanzaa, Li'l Rabbit thinks. Or maybe he just needs a little help from his family and friends. Inspired by Brer Rabbit, a trickster character from the African-American folklore tradition, the story of Li'l Rabbit captures the true meaning of Kwanzaa—coming together to help others.

 

KWANZAA TOYS AND OTHER PRODUCTS/GIFTS



Barbie Collector Kwanzaa Barbie Doll Festivals Of The World by Mattel
Collector Kwanzaa Barbie
Wears a beautiful outfit with an African inspired motif on the borders of her tunic style top, long skirt and tied scarf
Beading on her belt, necklace and earrings add the final touch
Fashion Doll Collectible
Age Range 6 Years And Up

Kwanzaa Paper Dessert Plates by Party America
Kwanzaa paper dessert plates includes an 8ct of 7" plates per pack of elaborate design that matches other tableware accessories.

Kwanzaa Beverage Napkins by Party America
Kwanzaa beverage napkins includes a 16ct of ultra beverage napkins per pack of elaborate design that matches other tableware accessories.

Kwanzaa Decorating Kit
Decorating Kit
Includes 6 Hanging Cutouts
Kwanzaa Themed
Made of Paper, Tissue Paper
Ideal for All Party Occasions
Matt covers: 33" x 60"

Kwanzaa Paper Dinner Plates by Party America
Kwanzaa paper dinner plates includes an 8ct of 10" plates per pack of elaborate design that matches other tableware accessories.

Serengeti Party Set
Party Pack
Supplies for 8 Guests; Includes 8 Cups, 16 Beverage Napkins, 8 Disposable Dinner Plates, 16 Dinner Napkins, Plastic Tablecover
Ideal for Seasonal Events

Happy Kwanzaa Banner
Banner
Kwanzaa Themed
Made of Vinyl
Ideal for All Party Occasions

Kwanzaa Lunch Napkins by Party America
Kwanzaa lunch napkins includes a 16ct of ultra luncheon napkins per pack of elaborate design that matches other tableware accessories.

Kwanzaa Paper Cups by Party America
Kwanzaa hot or cold cups includes an 8ct of 9oz cups per pack of elaborate design that matches other tableware accessories.

Afro American Kwanzaa Kwanza Set by HG
Celebrate Kwanzaa with an authentic African Kwanzaa set. Includes 7 candles (3 green, 3 red and one black - all are unscented tapers 10" long), hand carved wood kenorah, cup, and wicker placemat. Made in Ghana.

Set of Kwanza Kwanzaa Candles by HG
Set of 7 Kwanzaa candles. Includes 3 green, 3 red and one black candle. All are unscented tapers 10" long. Set comes tastefully packaged in a colorful box. Candle stand shown in the photo is not included.

17" Kwanza Kwanzaa Christmas Stocking by HG
The perfect stocking for the holiday season. This stocking celebrates both Christmas and Kwanzaa in one! This 100% cotton stocking says 'Season's Greeting - Happy Kwanzaa', and is a fun favorite for families during the winter holidays. Stocking is approximately 8 inches x 17 inches. Items shown in the stocking are not included.

The Kwanzaa Album by Women of the Calabash (MP3)
The Kwanzaa Album is the premier authentic collection of music inspired by and based upon the ideals, stories, and history of this most important African-American holiday. It provides meaningful music for the Kwanzaa holiday season and throughout the year.

KWANZAA for Young People (and Everyone else!) by various artists.
A beautifully produced, inspirational pop and R&B celebration of Kwanzaa, the life-affirming African American winter holiday. Performed by children and top-notch adult musicians and vocalists, the ebullient and original songs, named for the candles that symbolize the holiday's universal principles, offer stirring messages of unity, self-determination, work and responsibility, support for community, purpose, creativity and faith. A 2000 Parents' Choice® Silver Honor winner.


This uplifting family-oriented collection of original songs adds a new layer of joy to the Kwanzaa holiday. From the lighthearted, rhythmic "Kwanzaa Dance" to the lyrically beautiful "Imani", Kwanzaa for Young People (and Everyone else!) encompasses an engaging variety of musical styles. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way for people to grow as individuals, families and communities. Observed by millions around the world, it is a week long celebration of universal principles such as faith and creativity. 2 Drawn from ancient African wisdom, the seven principles of Kwanzaa cross all ethnic, cultural, racial, national and age borders. Here is a delightful musical journey through the seven principles that offer valuable lessons, especially for young people, and will keep everyone humming, singing, dancing, and reflecting throughout Kwanzaa season and beyond. Featuring: Various Artists Charles Mims-Producer, Songwriter, Keyboards, Arranger Patsy Moore-Associate Producer, Songwriter, Arranger Kenya Hathaway-Vocals Michael Mishaw-Vocals Youth Ensemble-Vocals Jeff Clayton-Piccolo, Flutes, Saxophones Greg Martin-Oboe, English Horn

12 Varied Kwanzaa Kwanza Greetings Cards by Home and Gifts
Celebrate your African heritage. Send your friends, family and associates Kwanzaa greeting cards. Made in the USA. Set of 12 cards.

BABA NGUZO SABA THE SPIRIT OF KWANZAA by SMC
Dressed in traditional colors this finely crafted statue has been named, Baba Nguzo Saba, from the Swahili for "Father of the Seven Principles", a celebration of the spirit of Kwanzaa. Exclusive. 8 1/2" x 6" x 11" high.

Sesame Street - Elmo's World - Happy Holidays by Kevin Clash, Charles Edward Hall.
In the first-ever "Elmo's World" holiday special, Elmo is gearing up to celebrate Christmas. But what present will he give Dorothy, his beloved goldfish? As he searches for an answer, Elmo learns about holidays around the world and discovers the many things that Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa have in common. Finally, Elmo goes to the North Pole, where Santa has some expert advice about the true spirit of Chirstmas - and the perfect gift for Dorothy!

Rugrats - Kwanzaa (VHS)
When Great Aunt T (the voice of Irma P. Hall) comes to visit the Carmichaels, she brings the makings for a Kwanzaa celebration to commemorate Africa's first harvest and honor the greatness of its people. But little Susie worries that she's not "great" like her older trophy-winning siblings, and thus unworthy of celebrating. Of course, Aunt T and the babies set her straight in this double-length episode. Next, Angelica and Susie compete in a talent show for a trip to Cynthialand in "And the Winner Is." Conniving Angelica steals Susie's tap shoes so she'll be the shoe-in for the coveted prize. But Susie's unintentionally comic performance in her socks thwarts her friend's plot. In "Cooking with Susie," the Susie-fest continues when the youngster gets an easy-cook oven, which, of course, Angelica wants. Angelica convinces the babies to lie and complement Susie on her green-blob recipe, so she'll make more and more of it, embarrass herself, and give the oven to Angelica. This 46-minute collection from the popular TV series is aimed at children ages 3 and up. --Kimberly Heinrichs

Kwanzaa: An African American Cultural Holiday (VHS)
This comprehensive how-to video describes the origins and practices associated with Kwanzaa, the fastest growing holiday in America. The program interprets all words and symbols and shows how to observe the week long celebration in your own home.

Kwanzaa-African American History: Vol. 1 (VHS)

Barney's Christmas Star (DVD)
Tis the season to be jolly -- and to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzzaa! After decorating the caboose puts Barney and his friends in the holiday spirit, they trim the Christmas tree in the snow-covered park. But something's missing -- the shiny, gold star for the treetop! So it's "over the river and through the woods" to grandmother's attic to search for the missing star. Just imagine all the treasure they discover -- little drummer boys and an antique typewriter that's perfect for writing a letter to Santa. After reenacting the classic poem, "The Night Before Christmas" the children celebrate with friends and family as Barney places the Christmas star atop the tree!

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