- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525675329
- ISBN-13: 978-0525675327
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,846,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy New Year! Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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Grade 2-5?This well-researched, appealing book describes how people celebrate the new year, not only in the U.S., but also in such varied places as Bali, Ethiopia, India, China, and Japan. Discussion of historical perspective and the significance of the holiday in different religions lends authority to the text. Bright, bold illustrations enhance the multicultural theme. Dianne M. MacMillan's Tet (Enslow, 1994) and June Behrens's Gung Hay Fat Choy (Children's, 1982) discuss the new year celebrations in Vietnam and China.?Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. In this attractive, informative volume, Bernhard explains the history and superstitions surrounding the New Year holiday and describes how ancient and modern day cultures celebrate. He begins by associating the history of New Year celebrations with the coming of spring, then briefly discusses the basis of various cultures' calendars. From there, he skips around, jumping from New York City's Times Square to ancient Rome to the Wild West. The lack of a logical time progression may confuse some children, who won't grasp whether what is being discussed is current practice or part of history. However, the colorful illustrations provide a few time clues and also give youngsters a sense of each culture's landscape and dress. Libraries promoting multiculturalism will want to add this to their collections. Lauren Peterson