From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Each chapter in this excellent addition to holiday and multicultural collections offers a simple explanation of customs and cultures followed by hands-on activities to help children Celebrate! Organized by theme, the book includes chapters on "Welcoming the New Year," "Celebrating Before and After Fasts," "Giving Thanks," and "Renewing the Spirit." In addition to some well-known celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and El D'a de los Reyes, Jones includes less familiar festivals from Scotland, Ecuador, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria, Barbados, and Japan. The recipes and art projects are clearly explained and illustrated, and include helpful lists such as "Here's What You Need" and "Here's What You Do." The volume concludes with a detailed index.
Kristina Aaronson, Bethel Elementary School Library, VT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
Everyone loves a reason to have a good time, and although cultures around the world have their own unique feasts and festivals, we all share many of the same reasons to celebrate. Now you can learn about the many ways people from around the globe celebrate their special days, and join in the fun!
Celebrate Chinese New Year while making chiao-tzu dumplings, then pop over to Saudi Arabia and taste delicious date-nut cookies called ma?amoul while celebrating Eid ul-Fitr. Make an elaborate Venetian mask to wear at a masquerade ball in Venice during carnevale, then pound out a festive rhythm on the Igbo drum you?ve made and celebrate the Iriji festival in Nigeria. Eat, drink, and make merry with the many diverse and exciting crafts, recipes, and activities in this book. No matter what language you say it in, celebrations are fun!
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