- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (Oct. 19 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688163238
- ISBN-13: 978-0688163235
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Christmas Around the World Paperback – Oct 19 1998
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Gr. 2^-5. The companion volume to Hopscotch around the World (1992) looks at the rich diversity of Christmas traditions found in 12 distinctly different cultures. A small amount of pertinent background information serves as an introduction to each entry, but the majority of the text discusses the special ways each culture celebrates the holiday. The book's attractive layout effectively uses repetition of color and theme, with each double-page spread of text and art surrounded by a decorative border. In addition to an extensive bibliography, the book features a small selection of craft activities (with step-by-step instructions and diagrams), a helpful pronunciation guide, and an interesting selection of Christmas superstitions. Useful for homes or schools wanting a multicultural perspective of the holiday season. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ethiopian fringed umbrellas; star-shaped Filipino parol lanterns;candlelit Swedish St. Lucia crowns-Mary Lankford bringstogether Christmas traditions from twelve different lands,like decorations on a splendid tree.See all Product description
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The physical book itself is well made and festive. Each page is colorful and has vibrant paintings of Christmas events in each culture. The type is small, so parents would need to read this to their younger kids. To help readers, the author has included a pronunciation guide in the back. There is also a "fact and fiction" section about common Christmas things which serves as a reference for those who may never have heard of Epiphany or even Jesus Christ. Fun and simple craft guidelines are also included.
While this is a book about Christmas, it is not a religious book (which disappointed me). It mentions religious events associated with Christmas, but treats it holiday as if it is essentially a cultural event. Nevertheless, it is a fun book that is very educational. It would be a great book to have to bring out to display and enjoy at Christmastime.
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British Christmas: wake early, open gifts, pull crackers and mock the jokes, laugh at each other in silly hats. Eat huge meal. Watch Eastenders Christmas special and ignore the queens speech.