The Halloween Book of Facts and Fun

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Every October 31, children—and even some adults—dress up in costumes. Some go door-to-door looking for a treat, some carve faces into pumpkins, and others tell scary stories about Dracula and frankenstein. But where do these traditions come from?

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Overview

Every October 31, children—and even some adults—dress up in costumes. Some go door-to-door looking for a treat, some carve faces into pumpkins, and others tell scary stories about Dracula and frankenstein. But where do these traditions come from?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Old and Billin-Frye have packed this collaboration with lots of "Facts and Fun" about the origins and history of Halloween. The picture book format should not mislead anyone; this work is text-dense and divided into nine chapters, including "The Tale of the Jack-o'-Lantern," "Witches," and "Why Do We Wear Costumes and Trick-or-Treat?" Each chapter is typically a couple of pages in length and illustrated with full-page pictures or insets that clearly support the text. The colorful cartoon-like drawings are gentle—not even Frankenstein appears threatening. Little jokes are inserted along the way, such as "What is an October hog dog called? A Hallowienie." The light-hearted approach makes this book useful with young listeners, while the detailed information will hold the interest of older readers. Some of the historical facts could be quite grim but are well-handled, with the facts delivered in straightforward prose. She does not gloss over subjects such as the deaths of many "witches" or of the vile actions of the real Vlad Dracula III, but she does not dwell on the gruesome details either. The explanations are suitable for writing reports or filling in the gaps of Halloween lore. Parents and teachers will appreciate the information, as well as the directions for party games, recipes, safety tips, and riddles included in the backmatter. This is an excellent addition to the body of Halloween literature. Like the author's and illustrator's previous collaboration, The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun, this is well worth adding to any collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807531358
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 319,230
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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