Weddings

Weddings

by Ann Morris
     
 

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Whether it's a Shinto rite in Japan, an Orthodox Jewish service in Russia, a Catholic mass in Slovakia or a short ceremony at city hall in Los Angeles, a wedding is a specialcelebration.

This photographic look at weddings invites children on a trip around the world and provides a glimpse into the rich variety of world cultures.

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Whether it's a Shinto rite in Japan, an Orthodox Jewish service in Russia, a Catholic mass in Slovakia or a short ceremony at city hall in Los Angeles, a wedding is a specialcelebration.

This photographic look at weddings invites children on a trip around the world and provides a glimpse into the rich variety of world cultures.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The author takes a thematic approach to showing communities of the world in her seventh book. Morris, an expert at writing meaningful nonfiction for early learners, includes informative photographs, sparse writing, broad representation, and lots of room for children to theorize about how different customs differ in communities. In the early grades, children can interview their parents/grandparents to complete research on their families' traditional wedding garb. Photographs of their elders' weddings could also be shared for a comparative study of customs and history.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Around the world wedding bells ring and photographers snap their photos. Here is a book filled with a mix of posed and candid photographs that illustrate the similarities and diversities in a wedding ceremony. A sparse but succinct text highlights the way people of different customs and religions from around the world celebrate their weddings. A photo index in the back, indicates the country and religion of each photograph and includes some information about the particular ceremony. A map is drawn to highlight the countries included in the book. Unfortunately, this map also points out an lack of representation from South and Central America and high concentration in Northern Europe. Otherwise, it is an entertaining and informative book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Brief texts introduce their title topics, but it is really the rich, full-color photos from around the world that tell the stories. Unfortunately, the countries are not identified in the body of the book; instead, readers must turn to the index, which features a reduced print of each shot and an accompanying sentence or two identifying the location and giving a bit more information. There is also a map of the world indicating the setting of each photo. Shoes is loosely organized into categories such as working shoes, dancing shoes, shoes for ice or snow, and anytime-at-all shoes. It's an interesting way to take an armchair tour, and could be used to spark a geography, social studies, or multicultural unit. Margaret Miller's Whose Shoe? (Greenwillow, 1991) and Ron Roy's Whose Shoes Are These? (Clarion, 1991) both examine only function and not location. In Weddings, dress and customs are appealingly displayed in the stunning candid shots of a variety of ceremonies and receptions. The facts provided are so sparse, however, that the book won't satisfy curious children. This is not as successful as Morris's Tools or Houses and Homes (both Lothrop, 1992), or Shoes; nor does it have as logical curricular applications. While attractive, both books are more for browsing than for garnering information.Peg Glisson, Dewitt Road School, Webster, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688132736
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Morris's many books include Families, Bread Bread Bread, Hats Hats Hats, On the Go, and Loving. She lives in New York City.

As a children's book writer, Ann Morris has been able to successfully integrate her varied experiences in teaching young children, travel, writing, and editing. Having grown up in the polyglot public schools of New York City, where each child's ethnic heritage was revealed by his name or by the contents of the lunch box from home filled with sausages, egg rolls, matzos, or pizza, she developed a strong Interest In cultures other than her own. " I'm a gypsy by nature," she says. "I always have my suitcase packed."

She and photographer Ken Heyman once traveled across the United States to document the lives often different families. Both she and the teacher's pupils liked the snake charmer/teacher who taught class in a circus trailer with her favorite boa around her neck. Although Ms. Morris has never tried this stunt he herself, she has taught children in public and private schools in New York City, and adults at Bank Street College, Columbia Teachers College, New York University, and Queens College of the City University of New York. More recently she has been teaching writing for children at The New School.

Ann Morris left teaching to become editorial director of Scholastic's early childhood department. Now she devotes her professional time to writing and all her other time to 11 people watching, music in any and all Forms, cat care, cooking and eating, and travel." All of these experiences, she says, provide material for her books.

In Israel Ms. Morris was caught up in the enchantment of the place as well as the conflicts that are a consequence of its history. One of her books, When Will They Stop Fighting? (Atheneum), reflects her concern about children who have become the victims of these conflicts.

Ann Morris worked with photographer Ken Heyman while producing an award-winning series of sound-filmstrips for young children. Since then the author-photographer team has created several books in a multicultural series for Lothrop, including Hats, Hats, Hats; Shoes, Shoes, Shoes; and Bread, Bread, Bread. Her interest in travel and the arts brought her to the famous Vaganova, Academy, where children of the famous Kirov ballet company are instructed. This resulted in On Their Toes (Atheneum), followed by Dancing to America (Dutton), photographed by Paul Kolnik. The latter book is about one of the Russian children and his family who emigrated to New York, where he now participates in our own School of American Ballet. Her book Karate Boy (Dutton) features her nephew and his friends in karate class. She thinks of this as a "family book" in that it was photographed by her cousin, David Katzenstein. Light the Candle Bang the Drum (Dutton), with illustrations by Peter Linenthal, is about holidays around the world.

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