Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! [NOOK Book]

Overview


The people of Japan love to celebrate! In fact, they love it so much they have a day of celebration, whether it's a change in season, a religious observance, or just a special moment in life, every month of the year. Brimming with ancient traditions, exotic decorations, and delicious, seasonal foods, Japanese Celebrations will take you on a month-by-month tour of some of Japan's best-loved festivals.

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Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!

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Overview


The people of Japan love to celebrate! In fact, they love it so much they have a day of celebration, whether it's a change in season, a religious observance, or just a special moment in life, every month of the year. Brimming with ancient traditions, exotic decorations, and delicious, seasonal foods, Japanese Celebrations will take you on a month-by-month tour of some of Japan's best-loved festivals.

Beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating facts about Japanese holidays and celebrations, this 48-page picture book offers a vivid picture of some of Japan's most festive events including New Year's, Children's Day, Cherry Blossom Season, Harvest Moon Viewing, Christmas in Japan and many more.

With simple but informative text and illustrations that explain the significance of the dress, decoration, food, gifts and activities associated with these events, Japanese Celebrations promises to delight and educate young readers and parents alike.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-After a brief general introduction, events are listed chronologically, with a single descriptive paragraph or a sentence or two of explanation. The first celebration of the year is O Shogatsu (New Year). Colorful illustrations show people participating in worship at temples and shrines, with a spread describing symbols of good luck and special foods. Other traditional pastimes are shown as well, such as card games and kite flying. An example of the zodiac calendar, which follows a 12-year cycle, is included. Other well-known festivals include Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival, or Girls' Day), Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day), and O-Bon (Festival of Souls). There are several brief examples of regional festivals as well. A small section on "Other Happy Events" includes traditions for babies and a page on weddings. Japanese words and terms are listed phonetically and in Japanese characters (hiragana). Food, dress, activities, simple Japanese words and phrases, and origami folding are briefly touched on. Simplistic illustrations add festive touches, but the ethnicity of the people depicted isn't all distinctly Japanese. While this book has breadth, it suffers in depth. Most of the festivals are included in greater detail in Rena Krasno's Floating Lanterns & Golden Shrines: Celebrating Japanese Festivals (Pacific View, 2000), for a slightly older audience.-DeAnn Okamura, San Mateo County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"By the writer-illustrator of Tokyo Friends and Squeamish about Sushi, this profusely illustrated book presents celebrations enjoyed by Japanese children. Occasionally, a craft, activity, or song appears in this colorful, child-friendly book."—Booklist

"Colorful illustrations show people participating in worship at temples and shrines...Other traditional pastimes are shown as well, such as card games and kite flying."—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462906338
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 854,481
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • File size: 27 MB
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Meet the Author

Betty Reynolds was an art director for an advertising agency for 22 years. She has lived in Singapore and Tokyo and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA and the Seattle area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2010

    Informative and Entertaining

    I bought this book to aid a lesson plan. It is an informational book with small sections you can read to kids. The entire book doesn't have to be read, but it can be. Each page has an illustration, often of objects and events that happen at the described celebration. There are even a few activities, like origami, for kids to try. There are also many pictures with both English and Japanese words, which helps kids learn a few Japanese words.
    I found this book to be very informative, yet interesting with bright and fun illustrations. I bought this book for one lesson plan and it has actually given me more ideas of other lessons I can do with my students. I would also recommend this book for outside the classroom especially for children that like informational reading. It is a fun way to learn about another culture. Overall this book is a great aid for learning about customs unfamiliar to many children as well as adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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