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Christmas-Celebrating Life, Giving, and Kindness (Finding Out About Holidays) Library Binding – June 1, 2001
From School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-A useful overview of the historical, religious, and secular aspects of the holiday. Interesting bits of information include why it is celebrated on December 25th, who Saint Nicholas was and how he came to be replaced by Santa Claus, and why people first started sending Christmas cards. There is a brief discussion of the season's commercialization. The text is straightforward and the artwork-a mixture of full-color photographs and reproductions from the 19th and early 20th centuries-is attractive. However, the majority of the captions for the pictures simply restate passages from the text, which is distracting and gratuitous. Also, there are no illustrations of the steps involved in the craft (a reindeer ornament) or of the finished product. Dana Meachen Rau's Christmas (Children's, 2000) and Martin and Kate Hintz's Christmas: Why We Celebrate It the Way We Do (Capstone, 1996) present much the same information and are just as attractive. Strictly an additional title.-M. A.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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