Celebrate!: Connections among Cultures

Celebrate!: Connections among Cultures

by Jan Reynolds
     
 

Every culture has its own special traditions and reasons for celebrating. People in the Australian Outback walk on a dream journey, connecting with their past. In Bali, dancers perform a graceful Legong dance, telling an ancient story. And in the United States we watch fireworks, marking the birth of our country.

At first glance these practices seem quite

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Overview

Every culture has its own special traditions and reasons for celebrating. People in the Australian Outback walk on a dream journey, connecting with their past. In Bali, dancers perform a graceful Legong dance, telling an ancient story. And in the United States we watch fireworks, marking the birth of our country.

At first glance these practices seem quite different from each other, but they are actually much more alike than most people may realize. In Celebrate! readers travel to communities near and far, and explore the essence of celebrations the world over.

With striking photographs and engaging text, photojournalist Jan Reynolds presents a refreshing look at the similarities among cultural traditions around the world. Readers will be captivated as they discover the universal connections people share when they celebrate.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
With text and photographs of celebrations of little known cultures and our own, the author hopes to show our common humanity. A world map shows where the peoples live: Tibetans and Sherpas in the Himalaya, the Tuareg in the Sahara desert, the Aborigines in Australia, the Sami in the European Arctic Circle, the Yanomami in the Amazon basin, the Inuit in the north of North America, and the Balinese in South Asia. The bright colorful photographs show people celebrating by eating, drinking, and decorating themselves with special clothing, paint, and beads. In the United States children celebrate Halloween in costumes. Other components of celebrations are music, dance, and gathering around fires. Americans celebrate birthdays with lighted candles on a cake. The text explains the pictures and gives further interesting details. The author concludes that, "We are one human family celebrating life on earth." The author lived with the cultures presented. There is a pronunciation guide, and additional sources are listed. Children may not see the commonality, but they will be interested in the pictures. 2006, Lee & Low Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Colorful, inviting photographs introduce readers to connections among cultures from around the world. The book looks at celebrations among the Tibetans and Sherpas of the Himalaya, Tuareg of the Sahara, Aborigines of Australia, Sami of the Arctic Circle, Yanomami of the Amazon, Inuit of North America, and Balinese of South Asia, and includes corresponding entries from the U.S. Reynolds clearly shows that while every culture has its own traditions and reasons for celebrating, these events have much in common-people gather together, eat and drink, decorate themselves, make music, dance, and use fire. The excellent-quality photographs and the brief, engaging text come together to promote the theme: "We are one human family celebrating life on Earth!" A pronunciation guide, author's note, and map are appended. A welcome addition to multicultural literature.-Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The well-traveled author-photographer, who has provided many strongly individual portraits of peoples, now emphasizes similarities in the celebrations that humans have created for the seasons, births, deaths, weddings and histories. The sharing of food and drink; the gathering of many people together; the use of masks, distinctive clothing and makeup; and the special elements of music, dance and fire are all found in the festivals and observances of far-flung and still largely traditional cultures, including the Tibetans and Sherpas, the Tuareg, the Sami, the Inuit, the Balinese, the Yanomami and the Aborigines. Some U.S. celebrations are also included. The fascinating photographs are the strong point here, but the short paragraphs that explain the rituals and customs will tantalize readers to find out more. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600604522
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
918,211
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet the Author

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.

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