Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 12, 2011

What is Christmas, and why is it such a big deal?

Christmas is perhaps the most widely celebrated holiday in the United States, and people enjoy it for many different reasons, some religious, some secular, some a combination of the two. Here is some history, and how different people celebrate Christmas:

 

Christmas in Many Cultures by Martha E. A. Rustad         [JE 394.2663 RUSTAD]

“From homes and clothes to school and family, life is different all around the world. Culture makes us who we are.”

Merry Christmas: A History of the Holiday by Patricia Bunning Stevens             [J394.268 STEVENS]

“Traces the history and development of the Christmas holiday from ancient pagan festivals to contemporary American celebrations.”

O Christmas Tree: Its History and Holiday Traditions by Jacqueline Farmer          [J394.2663 FARMER]

“Recounts the traditions and folklore surrounding the Christmas tree, including its origin, customs around the world, and the activities that take place on a Christmas tree farm.”

A Joyful Christmas: A Treasury of New and Classic Songs, Poems and Stories For the Holiday collected and illustrated by James Ransome           [J810.8033 JOYFUL]

“In addition to favorites such as “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a seasonal selection of poems, songs and stories by such contemporary authors as Katherine Paterson, Joseph Bruchac and Pam Muñoz Ryan are included in a family holiday treasury.”

Medieval Holidays and Festivals: A Calendar of Celebrations by Madeleine Pelner Cosman         [J394.269 COSMAN]

“Describes customs and activities associated with twelve medieval holidays and festivals, from Twelfth Night through Midsummer Eve and Halloween to Christmas. Also includes recipes and instructions for making banners, decorations, and costumes.”

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