Our five-year-old critic Mila Vincent loves reviewing books with her grandmother, Johannah Luza. Not only will she tell you what she likes best about the books, but she will also show you what outfit and accessories go best with the book! Mila especially loves holiday books. For Kwanzaa, she is reviewing L’il Rabbit’s Kwanzaa. Mila’s timing is impeccable. Dallas Children’s Theater is presenting the book’s author, Donna L. Washington, and a festive Kwanzaa celebration as part of its new free Pages and Heroes Zoom series Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 pm. Register HERE. The book is available at Interabang Books in Dallas.
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa Author: Donna L. Washington Illustrator: Shane W. Evans Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Mila: I didn’t know anything about Kwanzaa until my grandma read this book to me. It’s an African American celebration of life. They use a candle holder that looks a little bit like a menorah, but it has seven candles that represent unity, self-determination, working together, supporting each other in business, purpose, creativity, the feast of Karamu, faith, and presents.
Li’l Rabbit was sad when Kwanzaa came because his grandma was sick and couldn’t make the food for the Feast of Karamu. And his mama was taking care of Grandma, so she couldn’t make the feast either. He was so hungry so he went outside to try and find a treat for her. Along the way, he saw some of his friends. Some birds, and groundhogs and frogs and others. They all knew his grandma and wanted to help.
When Li’l Rabbit got home, all his animal friends were there! They brought food and gifts and were dancing and singing so that Grandma and everyone could still celebrate Kwanzaa. And that’s what the holiday is all about…helping each other.
Johannah Luza, Mila’s Grandma: This book not only explains Kwanzaa in the back, but the story is charming and teaches kids about caring for others!
Mila Vincent is our official “kid theatre reviewer.” Her favorite things to do are growing vegetables in her garden with her Dad, give to others on “kind” days with her Mom, swim with her baby sister, review shows with her grandmother Johannah Luza, and wear twirly dresses. Her favorite color is purple.