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Christmas USA Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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Grade 4-6–As in the author's Christmas around the World (HarperCollins, 1995), this book features full pages of text opposite illustrations showing regional observances (Northeast, Southeast, Pacific States, etc.). Multicultural influences are included in a conversational, sometimes fragmented narrative. Useful and interesting end matter includes Christmas at the White House and at the post office, (genuinely) Fun Things to Do, crafts, recipes, and a time line of toys from 1859 (cap guns) to 1997 (PlayStation).–Susan Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
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Similar in concept and format to Lankford and Dugan's Christmas around the World (1995), this colorful book takes readers on a region-by-region tour of the U.S. as well as discusses Christmas in the White House and offers a series of craft instructions and holiday recipes. The book concludes with a time line of popular toys and a bibliography. Each region of the country is introduced with a page of informative text facing a full-page illustration. The page on the plains states, for example, describes the Christmas tree tradition, glass ornaments, and silver-foil icicles that German immigrants brought to the region. Warm and cheery, the illustrations and decorative borders enhance the book's appeal. A pleasant, useful addition to Christmas collections Carolyn Phelan
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It's not just a book of facts, though. It's also filled with hands-on activities such as how to make a Christmas Journal, making your own Christmas cards, how to make cranberry or popcorn garland, easy directions for cookie Christmas tree ornaments, and creating a pomander and cascarones. It also includes some tasty, easy-to-follow recipes for aniseed cookies, nut crescents, and scripture cake, to name a few.
This is a great book to share with your children. Not only will they learn about different holiday customs and traditions around the US, but they'll be able to follow the easy instructions for the crafts and activities and, with adult supervision, might even be able to whip up some yummy holiday treats for the whole family!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"