Birthday Traditions around the World
From the Set World Traditions
Explores global traditions surrounding birthdays, including cake, parties, and decorations.
- Happy Birthday!
- Birthdays in the Past
- Birthdays in the United States
- Birthdays in India
- Birthdays in Australia
- Birthdays in Chile
- Birthdays in Ghana
- Birthdays in Israel
- Birthdays in China
- Birthdays in Greece
- Birthdays in Brazil
- Birthdays in Korea
- Birthdays in Mexico
- Birthdays in Egypt
- Up Close
- Learn More
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.5|
|Guided Reading Level||M|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations|
A noteworthy review of World Traditions from Booklist on April 1, 2013
In this title in the World Traditions series, we’re celebrating birthday customs around the globe. In Ghana, birthday boys and girls eat oto for breakfast, a mix of sweet potatoes and onions, along with hard-boiled eggs. Later they play a game called ampe, which involves clapping and jumping. In Central and South America, birthdays are celebrated with a piñata, a papier-mâché animal filled with candy and toys. Twelve countries in all are featured here, with some covered in a single paragraph of text, and others in several. Images include maps, photos, and the occasional painting. Piñata-making instructions conclude, along with birthday songs in four different languages; in Korean, it begins ‘Sang-il Chookha-Hapneeda.’ Kids love blowing out their own birthday candles, so they’re sure to find this interesting.
A noteworthy review of World Traditions from School Library Journal on April 1, 2013
Readers are introduced to the different beliefs and holiday celebrations of people around the globe. For example, Birthday covers events such as quinceaneras and Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs. The sections are concise (usually one spread or a single page) and arranged by countries or belief traditions with text providing the history and origins, songs, and celebrations of the traditions introduced. Vivid, full-page illustrations and photographs appear throughout. Maps and occasional captions (e.g., ‘The lucky magpie takes Korean children’s lost teeth.‘) provide additional facts. Each title contains a ’Hands On’ activity and an ‘Up Close’ section that extends the topics with crafts, stories, songs, and recipes. Though nothing spectacular, this series integrates visual information and broad facts well, making it a general purchase for most collections.
A noteworthy review of World Traditions from Children's Bookwatch on April 1, 2013
In every culture and in every country around the world, the calendar year is marked by celebrated holidays and traditions. ‘The Child’s World’, a premier publisher of ‘books in series’ for young readers has produced ‘World Traditions’, an eight volume set that showcases these holidays and traditions and is specifically designed to appeal to children with a second grade reading level. Each title is fully illustrated, 32 pages, and includes a table of contents, detailed maps, a glossary, sources for further research, an index, activities to help celebrate at home or in school, and more! This outstanding series is comprised of Birthday Traditions around the World; Christmas Traditions around the World; Easter Traditions around the World; Halloween and Day of the Dead Traditions around the World; National Day Traditions around the World; New Year Traditions around the World; Tooth Traditions around the World; and Wishing Traditions around the World. Although each volume is available individually ($27.07 List / $18.95 Library), school and community libraries are strongly advised to obtain the entire set of 8 volumes ($151.60).