- Age Range: 5 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Library Binding: 48 pages
- Publisher: Millbrook Press (July 29, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761317074
- ISBN-13: 978-0761317074
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy New Year, Everywhere Library Binding – July 29, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-Through interesting text and colorful, dynamic illustrations, this excellent offering briefly describes traditional New Year's celebrations and customs in 20 countries. The introduction explains that varying cultures observe different calendars and seasonal celebrations. Each spread highlights a different country, providing the dates of the observance; the name of the holiday; the traditional greeting (with a helpful pronunciation key); and a related game, recipe, song, or craft. Simple, colorful line drawings illustrate the projects and a world map pinpoints the location of each celebration. Festive side borders with stars and fireworks adorn each page. This title's particular strengths are the activities and the lengthy bibliography. A book that will greatly enhance research projects or study units.
Betsy Barnett, Eads School District, CO
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5-8. Bright, festive art and lively text introduce New Year celebrations in 20 countries, including Belgium, Haiti, Iran, and Israel. Each two-page spread includes dates, the traditional greeting (and pronunciation), a brief description of customs and rituals, and a related recipe, craft, or activity. Adults, particularly educators, will appreciate this multicultural approach, but they should note that many of the crafts require extensive preparation (precutting paper, for example) and must occasionally be closely supervised. Miniature world maps lack textual identification, and explanations lack depth (Why do dates vary from year to year in some countries?), but the book does show New Year celebrations in a broad context that invites comparison with the festivities in the U.S. Extensive bibliography. Shelle Rosenfeld
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