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Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Lightport Books (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971242518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971242517
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Heather Conrad is a parent and author living in Northern California.

About the Illustrator: deForest Walker is an artist and musician who lives in Washington State.


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Customer Reviews

I was given a copy of this book, and fell in love immediately.
"marianshul"
This is a nice book to share with children, and does a nice job of introducing children to the different Winter holidays people celebrate.
Tiffiny Suter
I was so disappointed with this book -- it sounded so promising!
alexxcz

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By catalpa on January 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was saddened to discover this book is a poor tool for information on the extremly important subject matter. I will not keep this book as it would have to ad lib through much of the content to make up for lack of information and misleading words. I am unable to regift it as I do not endorse the book.

An example of incorrect infomation- The African flag is described to explain the colors of the candles used in celebrating Kwanza. There is no African flag....there are flags of the African countries and each has it's own color scheme.
Yule is written in past tense as if this holiday is no longer celebrated. The name used to describe the people, Pagan, is not defined.
Winter Solstice is used again and again but never explained as a holiday of Light but as a way to describe Yule.
I am now suspect of all of the other information as misleading. I will not read this book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Krista Farey on January 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of wonderful information that is accessible to children and interesting to adults. It provides a respectful description of ten of the many historical and contemporary mid-winter celebrations of the world and highlights their commonality. The text and illustrations are beautiful. I sent it to be read to my seven year-old's Girl Scout troop, where the children were enthralled by it. My daughter was delighted when she learned afterwards that we had a copy at home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Finally here is a book that explores the Holidays for all cultures, all people. I am raising my son to respect other cultures and their traditions. I loved how this book honored our differences and also showed how much we have in common. I have given this book to friends and they love it also. My son's teacher borrowed our copy to read to her class and she told me it was a wonderful way to expose the children to different cultures. This is a great book and I am very glad it is part of our family library!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "marianshul" on November 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was given a copy of this book, and fell in love immediately. The first impact is made by utterly gorgeous illustrations, in clean bright colors--simple, but not at all primitive. Next you are charmed by the IDEA of the book, which assembles various festivals of light from around the world. You really can see that we are a human "family," with the same instincts toward celebration, and the same need to be reassured that "spring will come again." Third, but not the least of the pleasures is the writing, which is simple and easy to read aloud, without being condescending the way so many kid's books are.
If I have any criticism of this book, it is that I would have liked it to last longer--I hope next time the author writes a longer book, to give me even more enjoyment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joan on November 7, 2008
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Nine winter holidays are covered. Each has a short paragraph and an illustration. The information is very shallow. You don't do much more than learn the name of the holiday, where it is and a couple of things associated with celebrating it.

The artwork appears to be computer graphics made to look like folkart, creates a homey-folksy feeling that we associate with holidays. Large clear text is easy to read. The binding and glossy pages appear to be of good quality.

Its a pretty good book, but I wish I could rewrite the first couple of pages. My study of the ancients makes me believe they were much more sophisticated than to think the sun was hiding because it was angry with them. I'm more inclined to believe it was a celebration of the mystery of the cycle of death and life. And I really don't think this is true at all "people couldn't go outside after the sun set. It was too dark." Oh please. We may be that cowardly, but I really doubt that they were. I don't want someone to not buy this book because of this. I doubt the other books on the subject are better, but please help your child know that the ancients were very intelligent people with sophisticated cultures and not a bunch of stereotypical cavemen.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By alexxcz on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was so disappointed with this book -- it sounded so promising! As a UU Sunday school teacher, I'm always looking for books like this that take an interfaith look at holidays. The text is brief and to the point, but the look of the book is terrible. The illustrations are just horrible -- blurry, primitive computer-generated graphics that are difficult to puzzle out, while the super-glossy pages reflect light in an annoying way. I was also very disappointed with the section on "Yule" that suggested that this holiday only occurred long ago with no one actually celebrating it today. Since the pictures are what draw children to pay attention to a story, I just can't recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Colwell on December 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm back for my third book! My neighbor's kids loved it and my nephews love this book! The many holidays are described in clear language and the brightly colored pictures, like Las Posadas on the cover, are cute and simple--child art, not adult art. Kids love finding the dog and cat hidden in each illustration. My nephew's preschool teacher was thrilled to have a book that talks about different winter holidays, several of which her students celebrate at home. This little book is a great find!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J-M Bailey on January 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book. While it manages to name most of the winter holidays and many different cultures, it contains grammatical errors and factual errors. The illustrations are horrendous. They are horribly pixilated computer-generated illustrations that lack any beauty or grace. If you can edit on the fly while reading, this may be one to borrow from the library as a very first introduction to the many winter holidays.
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