By Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrated by Daniel Minter
Seven brothers live in an African community. The brothers make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must figure out a way to turn seven spools of thread into gold. If they fail, they will be turned out to the streets as poor beggars. Using the Nguzo Saba, or "seven principles" of Kwanzaa, the author has created an unforgettable story that shows how family members can work together, for their own good and the good of the entire community. The coloful and inspiring illustrations are linoleum block cut prints by Daniel Minter, and they bring joy to this Kwanzaa celebration.
- 40 pages
- Size: 8" x 0.2" x 10"
- Reading age: 5-10 years
- Grade level: Preschool-Grade 3
- Lexile measure: 610L
- Publication date: 2000 by Albert Whitman & Company