Holidays Around The World: Celebrate Christmas: With Carols, Presents, and Peace

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December 25th is a day of peace and festivity, the culmination of a season of worldwide goodwill. Carol singers give voice to the joyful spirit, trees are decorated, and gifts exchanged between families and friends. A name-check of the gift-bearers awaited by children reflects the global nature of the celebration: Pere Noel in France, Santa Claus in America, La Befana in Italy, and the Three Kings of Hispanic cultures. With first-person narrative, informative back matter, and evocative photography, Celebrate ...
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Overview

December 25th is a day of peace and festivity, the culmination of a season of worldwide goodwill. Carol singers give voice to the joyful spirit, trees are decorated, and gifts exchanged between families and friends. A name-check of the gift-bearers awaited by children reflects the global nature of the celebration: Pere Noel in France, Santa Claus in America, La Befana in Italy, and the Three Kings of Hispanic cultures. With first-person narrative, informative back matter, and evocative photography, Celebrate Christmas is a rich historical and cultural resource for children.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Through crisp, clear appealing captioned photographs and a brief text, readers are introduced to the history and customs of Christmas: where it is celebrated throughout the world, and how it is celebrated—with "carols, presents, and peace," and special meals. Children performing in a pageant in Israel, a man decorating his house in Germany, and a view of Rockefeller Center at Christmastime can all be seen on these pages. They are not all snow-filled, however. There is a photo of Santa arriving in an outrigger canoe on Waikiki Beach. The large type and clean layout with plenty of white space make this appropriate for primary grade use. There is a seven-word glossary that includes such words as Lutefisk, myrrh, and solstice. For teachers, parents, and older children, there is an essay by The Reverend Nathan J. A. Humphrey, an Episcopal priest in Washington, D.C., at the back of the book. In it he discusses the history of the holiday, and commercialism, and the real meaning of Christmas. Included are directions for making a memory book, and a recipe for making the Swallow Family Christmas Cake. There are also recommended books and websites, and an explanation of the Epiphany or Three Kings Day celebration. Part of the "Holidays Around the World" series, this also includes a world map that highlights the countries where the photos were taken. Primary grade children will broaden their perspectives about the world with this book. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-Brief text accompanies captivating and colorful photographs that demonstrate customs around the world. The use of bonfires and candles, Nativity plays, Advent wreaths, winter solstice, Three Kings Day, and Yule logs are among the topics touched upon. A map shows where each photo was taken. A solid addition.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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"The main text is succinct and appropriate for reading aloud....Decorating the pages are numerous crisp, full-color photos depicting celebrations....An attractive, informative title that will be welcomed in any library." —Booklist (Review of Celebrate Hanukkah)

"These books are such an easy way to show your child the different cultures and celebrations around the world. Heiligman does a great job of bringing otherwise complex subjects to life for children." —Jellymom Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426301223
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Series: Holidays Around the World Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,424,722
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.99 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Heiligman is the award-winning author of many children’s books. Her ability to simplify complex subjects for young readers, specializing in the areas of science and social studies, has brought her wide acclaim. Her National Geographic titles include Honeybees, Babies: All You Need to Know, and High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy. She lives in New York City. Check out www.Deborah Heiligman.com and see what’s new to CELEBRATE....
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