Students can enjoy a trip around the world through religious and cultural celebrations. Each title focuses on one holiday season and explains the sacred and secular history behind the festivity. Rituals are explored, and the importance of which foods celebrants should--or should not--eat is revealed Color photographs provide an accurate picture of holiday celebrations arou...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Raintree
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This book gives a general overview of the meaning, history, and different cultural traditions to celebrate Thanksgiving in America, Europe, and even Africa. The book pays the most attention to what Americans do on this holiday and gives a very generalized, matter of fact version of the ongoings of the celebration aspect of the holiday such as football, the Macy's Day Parade, and types of food that we eat. Although this might be useful to someone outside of the US that wants to learn about how th...more
This book was interesting. It had some strengths and weaknesses. Some weaknesses were that it glazed over history and it did a lot of generalizing about American traditions. This could help to teach that not everything in non-fiction books are true. Some strengths were the interesting excerpts that are not always included in books about thanksgiving. It taught about the "average American" Thanksgiving, and the traditions that go along with it. Such as football and the Macy's day parade. This boo...more
This children's book goes through the details and traditions of Thanksgiving in America and hints at traditions in other countries. Although this book provides a lot of good information it is very unorganized and the writing may be hard for children to read or understand. This is a nonfiction book but some of the information presented as fact are not indeed true.