Laughter is a universal language. Using jokes, puns, riddles, fantastic images, rhymes, and more, this book examines humor around the world. Readers will learn how humor is shaped by language and culture and how being a "cultural insider" can help you understand humor in another language or country.
When the cattle trade moved west, herds took over vast expanses of land. Go west with the cowboys that rode the range and herded cattle along the trails from the southwest to the railheads. Discover how many of the cowboys were African Americans or Latin American vaqueros. Find out what life was like for the ranchers who owned the herds and how ranching practices sometimes led to armed conflict with neighboring farmers, such as in the Johnson County War.
As settlers came west, they discovered there were already people living on this "new" land. Discover how this mass invasion of settlers impacted the indigenous peoples of the West: their first contacts with explorers such as Lewis and Clark; the gradual encroachment of white settlers on their traditional lands; the enforced removal of native peoples to the West; the clashes with native peoples after the Civil War; resistance by native leaders such as Sitting Bull; and the end of Native American resistance in the 1890s.
Italy has been the center of the Roman Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Many of the country's traditions and holidays today are based on religious holy days. This interesting book describes national holidays in Italy that mark such events as religious festivals, as well as important historic events such as the country's independence. Other traditional celebrations featured include food festivals and family occasions.
Ruled for many years by European countries, Argentina's traditions today are a blend of indigenous, Spanish, and Italian cultural traditions. This colorful book describes the holidays and festivals celebrated throughout the year in Argentina. In this largely Catholic country, many holidays are based on religious festivals. Others celebrate important historic events. Find out also how Argentines celebrate family occasions.
This fascinating book describes the holidays and traditions of South Korea. Many holidays are based on the seasons such as Lunar New Year and Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving. Others are religion-based such as Buddha's birthday. Find out also how South Koreans celebrate family occasions honoring ancestors, elders, and children.
This interesting book describes the holidays and traditions in the Netherlands that celebrate important dates in history, religion, royal ceremonies, and changes in the seasons. Young readers will discover the unique traditions of the Dutch people as they celebrate familiar holidays such as Christmas and Easter, and family occasions such as weddings and birthdays.
From rickshaws and rowboats to camels and cargo ships, this dynamic title looks at the different ways people and things move from place to place. Readers will learn how climate and environment affect transportation around the world.
People in communities around the world live in homes suited to their environment and natural resources. From homes made of mud and straw to homes built on stilts, readers will discover that all homes serve the same purpose - to meet our basic need for shelter.
Everybody has a birthday, but not everyone celebrates it in the same way! In fact, there are many different birthday customs and traditions around the world. In this joyful book, readers will learn about Name Day celebrations in Greece, different coming-of-age traditions, and more.
From the transportation used to get to and from school to the subjects studied during class, this book looks at the diversity of schools around the world. Well-crafted text and vibrant photographs introduce readers to the different ways children learn, share ideas, and grow. This inviting new title will surely earn top marks with young readers!
From simple coverings in hot, dry places to thick layers that keep out the cold, this colorful book shows young readers how people dress in different parts of the world. From traditional clothing worn during times of celebration to clothing suited to different environments and weather, this fascinating book teaches readers about different types of clothing and what purpose they serve.
From crops, which are farmed, to seafood, which is caught, this informative book describes the kinds of foods people eat most in different parts of the world. Readers will learn that geography and climate play a large role in the kinds of foods people eat in different countries. Topics include how people eat, where people buy and sell foods, and the role children play in preparing food.
This engaging book celebrates a year of holidays and traditions representing Kenya’s many cultural groups. Readers will learn about the strong tradition of song and dance in Kenya and also how family occasions are celebrated in this African country.
Young readers will learn about the many public holidays and cultural festivals celebrated in the Scandinavian country of Sweden. Fun facts highlight the unique festivals of the ancient Sami people, how the Swedish royal family is honored, what traditional foods are eaten, and how families celebrate special occasions.
Iran is a country of many ancient and modern cultural traditions. This fascinating book describes the ways in which Iranians celebrate holidays with religious festivals, foods, and customs. The majority or Iran’s people are Muslim and many of their holidays are rooted in the religion of Islam. Young readers will also discover how the people of Iran celebrate family occasions.
This interesting title describes the festivals and holidays celebrated in the island nation of Jamaica. Traditional foods, reggae music, and festivals such as Carnival reflect the colorful culture of Jamaica. Young readers will also discover that many other cultures have influenced Jamaican traditions.
From the Oktoberfest folk festival to Christmas markets, Germany has many unique traditions celebrated with traditional foods, rituals, and music. This exciting title follows a year of holidays and festivals that honor religious, historic, and family traditions celebrated by Germans.
Egypt's culture is a fascinating mixture of ancient traditions passed down by the native peoples, as well as the traditions and cultures of countries such as England and Greece, who ruled Egypt in different periods of history. This interesting book describes how ancient traditions, beliefs, and rituals combined with modern influences into the festivals celebrated today. Young readers will also learn how the Egyptian people celebrate family occasions.
This timely and sensitive title helps define a family, from members related by birth to stepparents and same-sex parents. Children will learn that loving families look after each other, even if they sometimes disagree or argue.
Do you think you would have enjoyed living during the Viking age? Growing up Viking was not for the weak—even their pets were ferocious! This book is full of fascinating facts about Viking daily life, religion, raiding and trading, and family life.
Do you think you would have enjoyed living in ancient Rome? That depends—do you like taking a bath in public! This book is full of fascinating facts about Roman daily life, religion, the school life of boys and girls, and health care.
Do you think you would have enjoyed living in ancient Greece? Daily life was ruled over by the gods—and they could be a mean bunch! This book is full of fascinating facts about Greek daily life, religion, philosophy, and warfare.
Do you think you would have enjoyed living in ancient Egypt? It wasn't bad if you were a pharaoh—but watch out if you were a slave! This book is full of fascinating facts about Egyptian daily life, religion, royal life, and the afterlife.
This Spanish and English bilingual book takes you on a trip around the world to compare the many different places where people live and work, from big, busy cities to small, remote villages.