Birthdays Around the World

Birthdays Around the World

by Mary D. Lankford, Karen Dugan, Karen Dugan
     
 

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Feliz cumpleaños!
Maligayang kaarawan!
Födelsedag!
Happy birthday!

Whether you're in Mexico, the Philippines, Sweden, or the United States, a birthday is reason to celebrate.

But the ways this day is celebrated are as diverse as the languages above. Here is a collection of birthday customs from seven countries, carefully researched

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Overview

Feliz cumpleaños!
Maligayang kaarawan!
Födelsedag!
Happy birthday!

Whether you're in Mexico, the Philippines, Sweden, or the United States, a birthday is reason to celebrate.

But the ways this day is celebrated are as diverse as the languages above. Here is a collection of birthday customs from seven countries, carefully researched and vibrantly illustrated by the creators of Christmas Around the World.

You will find information on the history of -birthday celebrations, superstitions, and even ideas for planning your own Around the World birthday party. This fascinating book will inspire you to see this special day in a whole new light.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A high-interest look at a special day that is universally recognized. Brief chapters cover customs in Finland, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Sweden. Each one begins with a short description of the country's location or geography, or a historical note. Birthday foods, decorations, games, history, and present-giving habits are all described in simple language. The accompanying illustrations, done in soft pastels, depict family-centered festivities. A chapter on "Birthday Superstitions"; lists of the gems, flowers, and character traits linked to each month in America; and instructions for throwing an "Around the World Birthday Party" further fuel interest. This is an engrossing introduction to the study of world cultures and will be a useful tool in both libraries and classrooms.-Hannah Hoppe, Miles City Public Library, MT Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lankford and Dugan (Dominoes Around the World, 1998, etc.) continue their partnership as they present birthday customs, foods, and games from seven different countries. After an introduction that briefly covers the subject from ancient Rome, when Caesar Augustus was honored each month, to today's national holidays, celebrated on the birthdays of famous people, double-paged spreads with text on one side and warm, realistic paintings of festive families and friends describe birthday happenings in Finland, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Sweden. There is no indication why Lankford chose these countries and no country from Africa or the Middle East. Dugan numbers these random countries on a simple map and keyed to their names. Although the map lacks the names of continents, each country's description begins with a boxed paragraph stating the location of each and some assorted facts. She mentions the Nobel Prize on the Swedish page and cites the rubber plants of Malaysia as the source of pencil erasers. The descriptions of the birthday celebrations are informative and usually include the directions for games, a Lankford specialty. "Drop the Handkerchief" from the Netherlands, "Pass the Parcel" from New Zealand, and "Coyote and Sheep" from Mexico are three that can easily be played at any birthday party. She includes party foods such as pansit, a noodle dish representing the wishes for a long life in the Philippines, and tidbits of information about gift customs and birthday songs. A general summary of birthday superstitions and a listing of birthday gems, flowers, and character traits for each month is a practical touch, as is a complete plan for anaround-the-world birthday party with an ocean theme (chosen because an ocean touches each country). A description of a birthday book club, a boon to school libraries, rounds out this useful, if limited, compendium of birthday traditions. (bibliography, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688154325
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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