Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream

Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream


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Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream by Nikki Tate, Dani Tate-Stratton

Inspired by memories of fantastic family birthday parties, mother-and-daughter team Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton researched the history of birthdays in order to answer such questions as, How much does where you grow up influence the way you celebrate getting a year older? Have people always celebrated birthdays? The more they investigated, the more they realized that there's a lot more to birthdays than cake, presents, a few games and perhaps a goody bag. They discovered there are as many ways to observe birthdays as there are places in which to do it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459812970
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Orca Origins
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nikki Tate is the author of more than thirty books, most of which are for children and teenagers. She splits her time between Canmore, Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia, so she can indulge two of her passions, climbing and sailing. For more information, visit

Dani Tate-Stratton lives with her husband in Victoria, British Columbia, but is always plotting her next trip. When she isn’t exploring other cities, she is a graphic designer, writer, compulsive crafter and devoted dog mom.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Birth of Birthdays

Party Like an Egyptian 11

When in Rome 15

Ancient Greek Birthday Festivals 16

The Early Middle Ages 17

What Day Is It? 19

The Renaissance 21

The Industrial Revolution 22

Good Times or Sad? 23

Big Birthday Bashes-Commemorating History 24

Chapter 2 Celebrating Birthdays Around the World

Keeping Track of Birthdays 27

Who's on the Guest List? 28

Invitations 29

Let's Eat! 30

Birthday Gifts 35

Fun and Games 37

Making the Birthday Person Feel Special 39

Celebrating at School 41

Birthday Songs 42

Stevie's Story 44

Hoka's Story 48

Chapter 3 Milestone Birthdays

Welcome, Baby! 49

Alive and Well and Ready to Celebrate 51

That's One Big Party! 53

Say Goodbye to the Past 55

What Does the Future Hold? 55

Coming of Age 56

Growing Up Can Be Painful 60

Don't Lose Your Key! 61

Time to Tidy Up! 62

Respecting Your Elders 64

Ana's Story 68

Dani's Story 70

A final word from the authors 72

Glossary 73

References and Resources 74

Index 76

Acknowledgments 79

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