We All Celebrate!

Tiny Owl. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781910328897.
Gr 3-5–This nonfiction picture book introduces and explores celebrations and holidays from around the world. It begins with an overview of how history and geography relate to the celebrations. The book is then broken up into seasons and gives a great deal of information on diverse celebrations from all over the globe. In some cases, the celebrations are well known, while others are less familiar. Each season begins with a short introduction, and then each celebration includes a brief history, the country of origin, activities that take place during it, and vocabulary that directly relates to it. Soundar includes religious and secular holidays and festivals from all over the world. The information is accompanied by vivid illustrations that draw readers into the celebrations, adding another dimension to the experience. Text and illustrations work together to give an impressive amount of information without being overwhelming. The details included in this book could aid in formal educational settings as well as informal reading opportunities. Specific terminology, such as sumac, samanu, vasilopita, and Sufganiyot, provides further learning opportunities, but the book lacks a pronunciation guide and glossary.
VERDICT This collection of diverse celebrations is a welcome addition to a library’s holiday collection.

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