In this book, children will learn about different kinds of homes, such as houses, apartments, and mobile homes, as well as the purpose of each room within a home. Questions about the readers home help children connect the information to their own personal experiences.
Children will join in the balloons, clowns, cake, and fun of a birthday party. Lively photographs highlight the story told by the child who is having the birthday.
Alan Bastien is a Taekwondo master. He travels from school to school, sharing his gift with as many children as possible. Young readers will be captivated as they watch Alan teach his students the techniques of this martial art, the equipment used, and important lessons of self-respect and self-discipline.
This interesting book describes how the blending of native Mexican and Spanish traditions, beliefs, and rituals has resulted in many of the lively and colorful festivals celebrated in Mexico today. Young readers will also learn how the Mexican people celebrate family occasions with fiestas.
This colorful book describes the traditions, beliefs, and rituals of the Russian people celebrated in the many different festivals of Russia today. Young readers will also learn how Russians celebrate family occasions.
This fascinating book describes how native Brazilian and Portuguese traditions, beliefs, and rituals have combined into the holidays and festivals celebrated in Brazil today. Young readers will also learn how the Brazilian people celebrate family occasions.
This interesting book describes how the traditions, beliefs, and rituals of the people of India, often influenced by British culture, have resulted in many of the lively and colorful festivals celebrated in India today. Young readers will also learn how the Indian people celebrate family occasions.
Every February 14th, people celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and gifts, all in the name of Saint Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? Young readers will discover the meanings behind Valentines Day symbols such as hearts, red roses, and cupid. Readers will also learn how people around the world celebrate this holiday.
The celebration of a bar or bat mitzvah is a recognition that a young Jewish boy or girl has reached the age of responsibility. At the age of 13 for boys and 12 for girls, children take lessons to prepare for the ritual ceremony of reading from the Torah, the Jewish holy book. Readers will learn about the different ways boys and girls are prepared, as well as the traditional family celebrations that go along with the religious celebration.
Will he or won't he see his shadow? That's the big question on Groundhog Day, an annual winter event on February 2nd to predict how soon spring will arrive. Young readers will learn about the ceremonies and traditions that take place on this special day.
Put on a mask and join the street party for Mardi Gras. Learn all about this colorful New Orleans holiday, where people enjoy food and fun before the beginning of Lent, a period of reflection and giving up things we enjoy. Explore the history of Mardi Gras, and Carnival, and all its different customs taken from around the world!
Rosh Hashanah is often referred to as the Jewish New Year. Millions of Jewish people all over the world celebrate this holiday. The holiday includes the holiest Jewish day of the year, Yom Kippur, the day of repentance. Learn about how Jewish people eat special foods, reflect on the year gone by, and think about how they can improve in the year to come.
On March 17th of each year, millions of people all over the world celebrate St. Patricks Day. Taste the foods, hear the music, and dance the dances that make up his celebration. The history of this celebration will captivate children and teach them about Irish culture and traditions.
Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Young readers will learn about the soldiers this holiday celebrates and how the occasion is marked across the country on November 11th.
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is one of the most important days in the history of the United States of America. Millions of Americans celebrate this national holiday each year. Parades, barbecues, and fireworks have all become staples of the celebration. Learn the importance of this national holiday to the people of the United States, then and now.
Each year during the beginning of spring, millions of Indian people celebrate Holi, also called the Festival of Colors. This two-day celebration includes important Hindu rituals and traditions. Students will love this fascinating introduction to one of the most colorful celebrations in the world!
From New Year's Eve to New Year's Day, people around the world have different customs to welcome in the new year. Learn the history of New Year's Day, and read about the fireworks, resolutions, and parades that make it so much fun!
One of the most important days of the Muslim calendar, people mark the occasion with a feast shared with people in their community. This fascinating book highlights the customs of this special religious holiday, including the clothing, prayers, food, and gifts.
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival of lights that celebrates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah is observed over eight days by lighting a candle on the Menorah, a special candelabrum, once each day. After lighting the candle, Jews recite blessings and sing special hymns.
Kwanzaa is an African American festival that celebrates family, community and culture. It began in 1966 and based on various African harvest festivals in an attempt to bring African Americans together and remind them of their roots.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims across the world observe daytime fasting for a whole month. It is believed that it was during this month that the first verses from the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan ends with Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the most important festivals in the Islamic religion. The practices observed throughout this holy month are detailed in a simple and informative manner.
Come inside and learn all about this popular seasonal celebration, from its ancient Christian roots to the holiday extravaganza it has become today. Young readers will learn all about Christmas, including its beliefs and customs.
Each year on October 12th, millions of people in the United States celebrate Columbus Day. Easy-to-read text and colorful images help describe the events of Christopher Columbus' voyage, the discovery of the New World, and the activities and celebrations associated with this holiday.
El Da de los Muertos is the Mexican equivalent of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. During this festival, people build altars to loved ones who have died and gather around it to rekindle happy memories of that person. Graves and altars are decorated with bright flowers like marigold. Offerings of food and anything else that the deceased liked are also made.
On May 5, 1862, a small group of Mexican forces defeated a powerful French army at the Battle of Puebla, one of historys most memorable fights for freedom. It is this victory that Mexicans, especially those settled in the United States, celebrate as Cinco de Mayo, (Fifth of May). Colorful parades, music, folk dances, and reenactments of the famous battle mark the celebrations.