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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
October 31st brings to mind the Halloween holiday and its customs. Read to learn about some of the ancient traditions and current celebrations of this holiday that honors the dead. Find out why long ago the Celtic people had bonfires or how the holiday received its name. The table of contents provides a general idea of the topics covered in the book. The chapter headings stand out on the left side of the layout; each chapter is two pages long. There are color photographs with captions throughout the book. Insets that are titled "Did You Know" provide additional pieces of information. Boldface print words in the main body of the text are defined in the glossary. Some children may need guidance with the different informational text features in order to navigate their reading of the main text. The body of the text contains wide and general information. Those readers interested in understanding more about the Halloween traditions will need to use other resources. For those children not familiar with Halloween, this book provides an introduction to the history and customs of the holiday. This book is part of the "Celebrations in My World" series which covers different holidays and celebrations. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These resources provide the history of and explanations for these special days through a variety of photos and simplified text. Halloween is introduced as coming from the ancient Celtic holiday Samhain and the customs of the Catholic All Saint's Day. The book describes how people decorate, dress up, and trick-or-treat throughout the world. Most of the photos show children in their costumes. King introduces the civil rights leader's life and his contributions and explains why his birthday is celebrated. Color and black-and-white photographs highlight the man's life, and the book discusses the various events associated with the day, including marches, special church services, and volunteering. Peppas explains that Thanksgiving is a harvest festival that commemorates when the Pilgrims thanked God for their harvest by feasting with the Wampanoag in 1621. The book outlines modern-day traditions such as gathering with family, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and enjoying food and football. A "Did You Know?" blurb on each spread provides a new fact—for example, one in Thanksgiving describes food drives. Most captions are a repeat of what is previously stated. These are pick-up titles if you need replacements.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
Celebrations in My World , #14
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.33(d)
NC720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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