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Kente Colors

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A joyful ode to kente celebrates the beauty and tradition of this West African fabric that is now so popular in America. Rhythmic verse shows the special meaning of colors and patterns while glorious paintings show kente as it is used and worn in Ghana, from babies' blankets to dancers' capes. An author's note further explains kente's rich symbolism. Readers young and old ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Walker Childrens (first published September 1st 1997)
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Kristina Moss
Apr 07, 2014 Kristina Moss added it
Shelves: rhyming
Kente Colors by Debbie Chocolate is a great book that introduces the West African fabric in a rhythmic way. The author describes the special meaning and the symbolism each color represents as she explores all its different uses. Kente Colors would be great to introduce to students during black history month. I would also use this book in a math activity(patterns) for students. This book would be great for students to create their own kente(fabric) colors helping students to develop patterns.
Debbie Chocolate explains the cultural significance of the Kente fabric in this rich colorful work. Page after page she discusses the symbolism of each color in the Kente fabric and then finishes the text with a complete description of what Kente fabric is, how it is made and the importance of it to the people of Ghana and Ewe.

The illustrations are artfully done and full of life and color like the very fabric it is describing.
Sharese Lewis
The thought process of this book was a different one from all the others. When I look at a book, I like to make predictions and my one about this one was totally wrong. The only thing I was right about was the fact that it shows and teaches others about culture and the aspects of it. I thought this book was about the Jamaican culture but instead it was about the kente cloth which is native to the Ashanti people of Ghana. The author did a great job of explaining what a kente cloth is, so if you a ...more
Used this one for a black history month story time. This would also be great for a colors theme, or fiber craft theme, or Kwanza perhaps.
What a great, simple book about the Kente cloth that is native to the Ashanti people of Ghana. When I first read the book, I did not know what kente was and I was glad to see a autho'r note in the back of the book explaining the origin of the cloth. This book not only explores the culture of the Ashanti people on the most simplistic level, it also serves as a great way to reinforce the knowledge of color to younger children. I thought the illustration really brought the book to life and really h ...more
This book is rich with color and its illustrations are realistic depictions. I enjoyed reading on the origin of kente considering when I was a child, we would wear kente cloth during Black History month every year at my church. I knew it represented my roots. I would use this book to show the different ways various cultures dress and what their wardrobe expresses. I would recommed this book for K-2.
Pre-K to 8th grade

This books was more of a picture book. It had beautiful illustrations and the colors they used were very bright. It's an African book and as you are reading it, it gives you the colors but in a rhyming way. It's describing the colors and rhyming the words at the same time. It's a traditional book, and I got the impression that "Kente" means cloth or a certain color.
Guadalupe Ramirez
I loved the illustrations of this book. I also liked how the author describe the colors, "Kente colors bright and bold."
Brief text. Discusses different fabrics/ colors.
Beautiful Illustrations!
Dec 04, 2008 Bz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: color, fabric
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