Celebrating Harvest Festivals Around the World

Celebrating Harvest Festivals Around the World

by Honor Head
     
 

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K-Gr 2

These two books are good examples of the danger of oversimplification. Each one reduces its topic to a series of meaningless assertions accompanied by somewhat random stock photographs. In Yom Kippur , the text leads to misleading or inaccurate statements that seem to have been driven by available photos. For example, a picture of a family lighting two holiday candles accompanies the words "two special candles are lit to remember parents who have died" when in fact, a single memorial yahrzeit candle may be lit for a parent, child, sibling, or spouse, in addition to the pair of candles lit to mark the beginning of the holiday. Vague statements in Harvest Festivals are confusing. For example, the text "In some countries, the last sheaf of corn of the harvest was made into a doll shape. This was to please the Corn Spirit, so there would be a good harvest the next year," is paired with a photo of a U.S. girl who learned to make "corn dollies" in school. The implication is that of widespread American cornhusk doll-making, an odd thought to say the least. Both books end abruptly, without any kind of summary or conclusion. These titles are not informative and are unlikely to be of use to either report writers or browsers.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435829046
Publisher:
Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Series:
We Love Holidays Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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