Reviews for Wishing Traditions Around the World

Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 November/December
This series gives brief descriptions of various traditions around the world. Each chapter has a page of simple text and a photo or drawing. A small world map shows the focus country in red. Pronunciation keys are provided for unfamiliar words. Each book ends with an "Up Close" section which provides more information. The "Hands-On" section gives directions for a related craft or food. The text provides only very basic information suitable as an introduction to world traditions. Ann M.G. Gray, Library Media Specialist, Pittsburg (New Hampshire) School [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] ADDITIONAL SELECTION Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 April

Gr 3-5--Readers are introduced to the different beliefs and holiday celebrations of people around the globe. For example, Birthday covers events such as quinceaƱeras and Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs. The sections are concise (usually one spread or a single page) and arranged by countries or belief traditions with text providing the history and origins, songs, and celebrations of the traditions introduced. Vivid, full-page illustrations and photographs appear throughout. Maps and occasional captions (e.g., "The lucky magpie takes Korean children's lost teeth.") provide additional facts. Each title contains a "Hands-On" activity and an "Up Close" section that extends the topics with crafts, stories, songs, and recipes. Though nothing spectacular, this series integrates visual information and broad facts well, making it a general purchase for most collections.

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