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Explores the importance of celebrating to people all over the world.


Explores the importance of celebrating to people all over the world.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Happy, smiling faces appear on almost every page of this book, which is part of the "Small World" series. The photographs from various sources show the reader how occasions large and small are celebrated around the world. The back of the book offers suggestions for adults on involving children in discussions and plans for upcoming events. The text contained in the body of the book is short and simple, but there are also two pages in the back containing additional information about each picture. One photo shows kids in Alaska smiling in the snow while another shows people in India with colored powder on their heads at the Holi festival celebrating the end of winter. One little girl in Oregon smiles after winning a blue ribbon in a local parade while three friends in Nebraska celebrate just being together. The message, that the little moments in life as well as the momentous, should be celebrated, is lovely and worth accenting for children.

Product Details

National Geographic School Pub
Publication date:
Small World Series
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.10(d)
90L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Short's monographs include: Extend Your Students' Reach and Move Them Toward Independence, Base Your ESL Instruction in the Content Areas, Reach for the Common Core, Structural Supports for English Learners, Comprehensive and Responsive Assessment, and Developing Academic Literacy in Adolescents.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Dr. Tinajero's monograph is titled Teaching the Fundamentals.

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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