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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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Pamela Hatch
Kente Colors / by Debbi Chocolate; illustrations by John Ward -- New York : Walker and Company, c1996. (40 pages)

SUMMARY: A rhyming description of the Kente cloth costumes of the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and a portrayal of the symbolic colors and patterns.

REVIEW: Beautiful illustrations of the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and their colorful clothes. Each pattern each color has a purpose and a meaning which is described through rhyming text. The authors note in the back supplies more in
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Sharese Lewis
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Carmen
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.
Mike
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Kristina Moss
Apr 07, 2014 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.
Lluvia
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jessica
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Marshmallowlemonade
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colors, africa
Brief text. Discusses different fabrics/ colors.
Guadalupe Ramirez
I loved the illustrations of this book. I also liked how the author describe the colors, "Kente colors bright and bold."
Kimberly
May 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Beautiful Illustrations!
Bz
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: color, fabric
Africa
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Casey Montgomery
Kente Colors is a book about the kente fabric of Africa. It shows many different colors of kente and certain occasions for when each is used traditionally. I enjoyed this book because I have never heard of kente fabric, so it taught me a lot. It was fun to see the illustrations of Africans wearing the kente fabric for each occasion that was described. This book would be good for children (any age) to learn about an African tradition that they probably have not heard about. The book also has rhym ...more
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On the pre-k reading list. Read with my 4yo.
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