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Christmas Around the World Paperback – October 19, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688163238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688163235
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Gr. 2-5. The companion volume to Hopscotch Around the World (1992) looks at the rich diversity of Christmas traditions found in 12 distinctly different cultures. A small amount of pertinent background information serves as an introduction to each entry, but the majority of the text discusses the special ways each culture celebrates the holiday. The book's attractive layout effectively uses repetition of color and theme, with each double-page spread of text and art surrounded by a decorative border. In addition to an extensive bibliography, the book features a small selection of craft activities (with step-by-step instructions and diagrams), a helpful pronunciation guide, and an interesting selection of Christmas superstitions. Useful for homes or schools wanting a multicultural perspective of the holiday season. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2^-5. The companion volume to Hopscotch around the World (1992) looks at the rich diversity of Christmas traditions found in 12 distinctly different cultures. A small amount of pertinent background information serves as an introduction to each entry, but the majority of the text discusses the special ways each culture celebrates the holiday. The book's attractive layout effectively uses repetition of color and theme, with each double-page spread of text and art surrounded by a decorative border. In addition to an extensive bibliography, the book features a small selection of craft activities (with step-by-step instructions and diagrams), a helpful pronunciation guide, and an interesting selection of Christmas superstitions. Useful for homes or schools wanting a multicultural perspective of the holiday season. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nevertheless, it is a fun book that is very educational.
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This book is PERFECT for any teacher that is wanting to teach Christmas traditions in many countries.
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I bought this book for school for a unit that I was doing.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a third grade teacher, this book was a useful tool in teaching about Christmas Around the World. There are so few good books on this topic, and my students enjoyed the one page synopsis of Christmas for each of the countries discussed (about 10). The illustrations for each country are wonderful and vivid. We were able to learn about customs from these countries not usually presented in other books. I would recommend this book to any teacher, parent, or child seeking information about Christmas customs in countries around the world in this enjoyable and fact-filled book.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clawson on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Christmas. The book looks at 12 countries around the world where Christmas is celebrated on a national scale. One reads brief, but detailed, summaries of the Christmas events and traditions of those countries. From religious celebrations to marketplace customs, and from tasty foods to fun crafts, one is presented with a vivid and enlightening picture of how poeple around the world celebrate the holiday.
The physical book itself is well made and festive. Each page is colorful and has vibrant paintings of Christmas events in each culture. The type is small, so parents would need to read this to their younger kids. To help readers, the author has included a pronunciation guide in the back. There is also a "fact and fiction" section about common Christmas things which serves as a reference for those who may never have heard of Epiphany or even Jesus Christ. Fun and simple craft guidelines are also included.
While this is a book about Christmas, it is not a religious book (which disappointed me). It mentions religious events associated with Christmas, but treats it holiday as if it is essentially a cultural event. Nevertheless, it is a fun book that is very educational. It would be a great book to have to bring out to display and enjoy at Christmastime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna E. Madison on January 8, 2012
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This book is a good teacher resource for information on how other countries celebrate their Christmas holidays, but not a very good read-aloud. I teach 3rd graders and I found the vocab. and writing were a bit above the level of typical 3rd graders. Also, it was a bit dry. I would read it, but would edit it as I read it to them. However, it was a good source for information for my purposes as I presented the customs to the class.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Audra Brooks on January 9, 2010
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This book was a great way to introduce informational reading and hit diversity at the same time. I was able to create comprehension questions and correspond different comprehension skills to aid in student learning. It is rich in text features and activities to create awesome assignments during that time before Christmas break when students are reluctant to do a lot of work.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leisha Obrien on December 26, 2008
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I bought this book for school for a unit that I was doing. With all of the other books I bought through Amazon, it was a great resource for myself and my students. Full Satisfied with the seller!
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This book is helpful when my students are learning about different cultures around the world. We discuss how just one holiday can be celebrated so many different ways. The entire thing is a bit long to read to my second grade class, so I usually just summary some of the pages as we discuss each country. Then I leave it out for my students to look at themselves.
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Our second book of Christmas around the globe. To develop studies in social studies to show the sameness and the difference of children and in countries around us.
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This book has a lot of information about other cultures during the Christmas season. Great craft ideas. Anyone who works with children and feels it important to be broaden the hoizons and appreciate other cultures would find this book very helpful.
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