How Kids Celebrate Holidays Around the World

How Kids Celebrate Holidays Around the World
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October 12, 2021
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This series takes young readers to different parts of the world, showing a wide range of cultures and traditions. See how varied the world is!

Are you curious how people make merry in other countries? Good company, great food and drink, and most importantly, lots of fun—we all like celebrating holidays! But have you ever wondered how people spend holidays across the world? Together we’ll join in with many celebrations, all of them different. What’s Halloween like in Ireland, and Timkat in Ethiopia? What are the customs observed at Hanukkah? You’ll make new friends who’ll tell you all about their culture. Ready to explore? It’s party time all over the world!

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fun exploration of 15 holidays around the globe
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HOW KIDS CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD is an engaging picture book read about various holidays around the world. The book takes children on a guide through various celebrations from the vantage point of fictional children in each country. For instance, in Japan, Saki takes the reader on a journey through the celebration of Girls' Day, a day when families pray for little girls' health and happiness. In Russia, we learn how Tanya celebrates Easter, with traditional foods and activities. In Singapore, we join Nima who is celebrating the Buddhist holiday of Vesak. Each page spread includes an image of the celebration, surrounded by numbered boxes that call out specific celebrations shown, including foods, activities, and other key events of the holidays.

What I loved: This is a really fun look at different holidays around the world. The inclusion of a character that guides the journey through each holiday is a nice touch to bring a personal note to each page and add a bit of a storyline along the way. The breadth of countries and holidays (15) is also great with just enough detail to get the highlights of the events.

What left me wanting more: The organization of the book is not entirely clear as it hops back and forth between religions around the globe. It's not quite easy to find a holiday you might be looking for and is really a book that is designed to be used to explore more generally, rather than a resource to understand specific holiday celebrations.

Final verdict: A fun exploration of holidays across the globe, HOW KIDS CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD is an intriguing picture book that explains how 15 different holidays are celebrated in their related countries.
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