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Light the Candle! Bang the Drum!: A Book of Holidays from around the World
     

Light the Candle! Bang the Drum!: A Book of Holidays from around the World

by Ann Morris
 
Light the candles! Ring the bells! Dance and sing! Cultural and religious holidays are very important to children, marking festive occasions both at home and at school. This bright nonfiction picture book serves as the perfect introduction for the very young to celebrations around the world. Many of the holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are familiar to American

Overview

Light the candles! Ring the bells! Dance and sing! Cultural and religious holidays are very important to children, marking festive occasions both at home and at school. This bright nonfiction picture book serves as the perfect introduction for the very young to celebrations around the world. Many of the holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are familiar to American children. Others, such as St. Lucia's Day and Diwali, may be new to them. Each of the twenty-four holidays is illustrated with cut-paper pictures full to bursting with brilliant colors and bold shapes. Along with simple descriptions, they convey the mood,symbols, and incredible diversity of the festivities. Detailed notes at the end of the book tell more about each holiday.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
As the title indicates, this book offers descriptions of a plethora of holidays from around the world. Unfortunately, the information given is so slight that it is nearly useless. The bulk of the book features bright, bold illustrations and short descriptions of the various holidays, many of which fail to even mention the countries in which those holidays are celebrated! A list of "Notes" at the end of the book offers more information for teachers and parents, such as when and where each holiday in the book is celebrated; however, there are several glaring errors, such as the description of Easter as the "day Jesus ascended into heaven." A nonfiction book of holidays geared toward very young children is a wonderful idea, but Morris and Linenthal's attempt leaves much to be desired.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Peter Linenthal's playful painted-paper collages capture kids' lively celebrations of 24 holidays-from New Year's Day to Kwanzaa, by way of Eid al-Fitr, Diwali and St. Lucia's Day-in Ann Morris's light-hearted Light the Candle! Bang the Drum! Ms. Morris's sentence-or-two comments on each holiday are for little ones; her concluding specifics on the why, when, and where of each occasion, for their read-alouders.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
With energetic pictures and a capsule text, toddlers get a quick view of twenty-four holidays from New Year to Kwanzaa, from Carnival to Diwali, from Martin Luther King to Russian Winter Festival. Linenthal's images are joyous and rhythmical. Morris includes more information about each holiday in "Notes" at the end of the book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A look at 24 different holidays around the world. Each page contains the name of a celebration or observance, a simply written paragraph describing it, and an illustration showing people participating in it. Two pages of notes give more specific details. The basic text gives too little information for most children. For example, readers unfamiliar with Loy Krathong, Diwali, or Eid al-Fitr won't learn when or where they are celebrated unless they turn to concluding notes, which are written on a higher reading level and are in much smaller print. Colorful, simply shaped cut-paper pictures show people engaged in the celebrations. These spirited and cheerful illustrations are the book's strength, but the presentation is too confusing for the intended audience. Teachers may find it useful, however.Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525456391
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 11.48(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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