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A CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS:
Celebrations From Around the World

Author: Cherry Gilchrist; illustrator: Helen Cann

Did you know that when you go trick-or-treating on Halloween you are taking part in an ancient Celtic festival? This intriguing collection of tales takes us back to the origins of many festivals which are celebrated throughout the world and traces some of the stories that are connected to them. Each of the tales in this anthology has an introduction which explains its origins and its significance for the people who celebrate it.

From Booklist
Bright greeting-card colors and patterned borders set the tone for this compendium of celebrations that covers the year from Jewish Purim in early March to the Russian Frost King/Snow Maiden in December. "How Krishna Stole the Butter" and the life of the Buddha lead into the Chinese and Japanese legend "The Oxherd and the Weaving Maiden" and the changeling Halloween tale from the west of Ireland. The tales are lively in the retelling, although they hold no sense of the sacred. The text is straightforward--the Christian Christmas story comes straight from the New Testament Gospels--and a fair number of sentences seem to end in a breathless exclamation point. Useful for looking at the many ways cultures seek to find an answer to why things are the way they are and for tracing the universal human impulse toward celebration. Sources appended.
GraceAnne A. DeCandido
© American Library Association
Ages 8-12
$12.99 (softcover)
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