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Dorling Kindersley Publishers never fail to create beautiful, engaging children's books, packed with fascinating information. In Celebrations, photographer Barnabas Kindersley teams up with writer Anabel Kindersley and UNICEF to create a fascinating journey exploring the cultural traditions of children all over the world. Harry Belefonte notes in his introduction, "Here is your opportunity to travel by book to nearly every corner of the globe ... [and] join children everywhere in celebrating important events in their lives." In addition to photographs of traditional costumes and customs, each child from the wide range of countries represented gives a first-person account of how holidays are celebrated. Children will enjoy learning about how kids like just like them have fun, and in the process will broaden their cultural horizons. (Ages 8 to 12)

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Grade 2-6?A rich, multicultural look at holidays around the world. The celebrations are arranged by season and include: Christmas in Germany, Halloween in Canada, Hanukkah in the U.S., Diwali in India, Hina Matsuri in Japan, and Egemenlik Bayrami in Turkey. Each holiday is shown on a two-page spread with a large photograph of a featured child or children and many smaller captioned photographs of the festivities and the culture. A preface by Harry Belafonte in his role as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF opens the book. It is a superb addition to country/cultural teaching units, and also makes a wonderful lead-in to writing, art, and creative-drama activities used to teach holidays. An enjoyable visual experience.?Stephani Hutchinson, Pioneer Elementary School, Sunnyside, WA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Children Just Like Me
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (October 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789420279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789420275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a first grade teacher in Phoenix, Arizona who teaches a wide variety of cultures. Some of the children in my class are Mexican American, Spanish, Bosnian, African American, German and Native American (Navajo and Apache). Recently, during an ESL staff development class, a wonderful instructor introduced this book to me and I was absoultly amazed! It has the most fascinating pictures and text. I had to read it from cover to cover. I had to buy it to have in my class. It must be a permanent source of enjoyment for my classes for years to come. I can't wait for my students to have the opportunity to browse through this book. We will use it so much. Thank you Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley, for putting together such a fabulous children's book!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Moema on April 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting book, with wonderful pictures and lots of joy. It's a book that makes you happy. Many of the celebrations were unknown to me, and it was fun to see that the Swedish celebration of St. Lucia is described correctly in the book (I'm Swedish).

The only doubtful thing about this book is that the mix of different religions isn't very good. Most celebrations are Christian or Hindu - only one is Muslim and none is purely Buddhist. That's a bit of a pity. Anyway, great book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gowie on May 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a fabulous book! My 5 year old daughter was delighted to see that children who at first glance appear so different also share her love for soccer, animals, noodles, etc. Each child's bio includes information about their family, home, school, church, clothing, pets and favorite food. This book has great photos, particularly of the children. Although there is much writing on each page, it is not overwhelming for her, and we can stop after one page, and easily pick it up again later. This is the first children's book that I've wanted to read by myself after she's gone to bed!
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Four years later, I'm adding this paragraph to this review. I continue to use this book with my now 5 and 9 year old children. It's an fun way for them to learn a little more about families who live in countries that we learn about. It's easy to read something in this book that leads to a much wider discussion. They also remember a lot of details from this book that they bring up at other times, such as "People from _____ live in _______ kinds of houses!"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and I use it all the time to teach children about other faiths and cultures. The beautiful, realistic photos make it great for sharing. When I am not using it, it makes a nice coffee table book. My only criticism is that it always makes me want to research more (not a lot of text, but the photos and illustrations make it worth having).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
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This book is about knowing the people you live with. It has pictures and information about people from all over the world, their personality and the things those people like. This book is good because you can make more friends because it shows what the people in different countries like. I recommend this book for people that are making school projects about people's lives and is good for people in international schools.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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I got this book out of the library to show my kids the world and how other people celebrate various holidays and festivals. Yet I was intrigued by it, fascinated actually, and I couldn't put it down. Great photos, interesting text, and endearing children around the world as personal guides. A great book for young and old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another in the excellent series of DK's partnership with the U.N. -- an amazing trip around the world to view different holidays through children's eyes. The emphasis is on celebrations that center around children or where children play a big role, and the book tries to give a broad cross-section of countries, peoples and cultures/faiths (no book can be all-inclusive).

Keeps an excellent balance between pictures and text -- the pictures are colorful, fascinating and detailed, the text is informative. This should be back in print!

Great job by the Kindersleys!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MMBlue on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book, Celebrations!, is a sequel to Children Just Like Me. This book explains about holidays celebrated by children all over the world. The book focuses on the holidays, but interviews a child that celebrates them. The child explains in the book how, when, where, and why his or her family celebrates that particular holiday. I think this book is very interesting, especially for a person who wants to learn more about another culture's celebrations.
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