A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the beautiful images of African culture overwhelm the rhyming text, which doesn't express the ceremonial and symbolic significance of kente.
Is It Any Good?
Through vivid paintings, KENTE COLORS presents images of African village life. No story is told; the images are merely distinct displays of various ceremonies and occasions when kente cloth is traditionally worn. In the frontispiece the author only hints at the fabric's popularity in the United States, where, for example, African-American clergy wear kente stoles over their robes. The poem's rhythm is obstructed by the intensity of unrelated paintings by John Ward. Each page, with multihued kente-cloth borders, is bold and bright, yet the dominant color is often hard to identify amid the jumble of other colors.
Kente Colors tries to be about too much at once: history, culture, ethnic pride. The concluding author's note comes too late and only confuses.
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