The "Rookie Reader series includes more than two dozen "Rookie Read-About Holiday" books. The text opens with a picture of a young girl waving the Canadian flag. Canada Day is July 1st and is the equivalent of July 4th in the United States. It celebrates the day that Canada became an independent country. The text shows a map of Canada and it explains that the country consist of ten provinces and three territories. A brief history of how it all came about, including the selection of the maple leaf as the national symbol on the Canadian flag, plus the way the holiday is celebrated constitute the balance of the book. Full-color illustrations are found on each spread. There is a picture glossary entitled "Words You Know," an index and a very brief mention of the author. 2003, Children's Press/Scholastic,
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K-Gr 2-Two books that give basic information about holidays celebrated both north and south of the border. Each one pairs a full-page, clear, color photo or reproduction with a facing page of simple text containing one to four sentences describing the action in the picture. Canada Day does a sound job of progressing from a definition of the holiday to the history behind it to the ways it is celebrated today. The photos accurately portray the ethnic rainbow that Canada presents and capture the sense of celebration. El D'a de los Muertos is a much weaker title, due to an inexplicable failure to mention that it is a Mexican and Mexican-American holiday. Though several pages inform readers that marigolds are used because the flowers were special to the Aztecs who used to rule Mexico, young children still may not understand where this holiday is celebrated. In addition, pan de muertos is referred to as pan de muerto-a quibble, perhaps, but with such outstanding photo-essays as George Ancona's Pablo Remembers (Lothrop, 1993) or Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Day of the Dead: A Mexican American Celebration (Holiday, 1994), this title could easily be passed by.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.