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Christmas Around the World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings
ISBN:0688163238
LANGUAGE:English

" I read this around Christmas time. A nice little book with interesting facts and a good insight into the different ways Christmas is celebrated. " said.

" I have been reading this out loud to my four boys at breakfast. Each morning one boy chooses a country and we explore their Christmas traditions. It has been quite a fun journey. " said.

" An especially delightful book that enabled me to teach my young children how Christmas is celebrated differently in other countries:) " said.

" This is a fun exploration of Christmas around the world. There's a pronunciation guide, which I love, and some cool historical and craft stuff. Twelve countries are explored. " said.

" We really liked the content and format of this book, but wished a few more countries' traditions had been included. " said.

" I wanted to get this one even though Julie [librarian] said it might be too hard, and she was right. It WAS too hard with more words than anything. But when Mama read it to me it had good facts. Like all the stuff about Christmas in Australia which is where they have kangaroos and bandicoots. But they didn't have anything about them in here because this is a Christmas book, not an animal book.I couldn't read it so I need to get it out again when I'm in seventh grade. " said.

"“Christmas Around the World” by Mary D. Lankford and illustrated by Karen Dugan and Irene Norman is a classroom staple during Christmas time. The authors and illustrators did a terrific job of compiling the Christmas stories and going through the traditions that most families observe in many countries and putting them into one book. The book begins with a Christmas timeline which gives a basic overview the history of Christmas and some important Christmas-related events that have become a part of Christmas traditions, such as the year “Silent Night” was written. There are great illustrations of each country’s residents carrying out a Christmas tradition. As a teacher, I would go through one page a day with my students from the beginning of December so the students can gain knowledge of how other countries celebrate Christmas and simultaneously expand their world views. A follow-up activity could be to relate the book to social studies and technology. The students could find other countries on a map and then research some of the traditions of those countries on the Internet to make their own “Christmas Around the World” books. Mary Lankford celebrates Christmas in America, but strenuously researched the book by calling friends in other countries, read and conducted interviews, researched newspapers and magazine articles, and looked into anything else that could give accurate details about Christmas in other countries. " said.

"This is a book for older children. I thought it was perfect to read with my 8-year-old to teach him about Christmas around the world.

It begins with a brief "Christmas Chronology" that starts with 6 BC being the approximate date for the birth of Jesus and ends with 1962 when the first Christmas postage stamp was issued.

It talks about the traditions in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, and Sweden. It also talks about Alaska. With each country it lists a symbol, how they greet one another and what the weather would be.

For example, Australia's symbol is Candlelight, they say "Merry Christmas", and the weather is sizzling hot because Christmas occurs in the summer. It describes a little bit about the continent, the traditional food eaten at Christmas time, how they decorate, and who comes (in Australia it's Father Clause). It also talked a tradition that started in 1937 called "Carols by Candlelight".

There's a section with a few crafts (Pinecone Trees, Nativity Scene, Stars, Christmas Cards, Christmas Cornucopias, Party Crackers, and Advent Calendars).

There's a section called "Fact and Fiction" that's more like a small dictionary. For example, the word Advent begins the 4th Sunday before Christmas, the days that follow are designated as Advent, or the Season of the Coming. Advent ends Christmas Eve at midnight.

There's a pronunciation guide and a few Christmas sayings.
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