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Christmas Around the World Paperback – October 19, 1998

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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. --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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: NC1130L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688163238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688163235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I bought this book to use for my preschool classroom, but the information was way above their learning level. It's great for older ages to adult. I kept it for my own personal enjoyment. It's great information.
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What a beautiful book. The pictures are colorful. The information is interesting and there is a lot of it for each country. I like that the author included Christmas weather for each country. Cute craft ideas and recipes at the end of the book.
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***IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO READ ABOUT OTHER CULTURES & HOW THEY CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS***THIS BOOK EXPLAINS IT WELL & WITH BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS***THIS COMPANY HAS USED BOOKS THAT LOOK BRAND NEW***THEY PACK YOUR BOOKS SAFELY & THEY SHIP QUICKLY***BLESSINGS TO THOSE WHO WORK THERE***THANK YOU***
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My students truly enjoyed learning about the different types of ways that Christmas is celebrated around the world. This book has helped them understand different traditions and made them realize that all countries have different traditions.
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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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