Fall 2021

Wishing Traditions around the World

From the Set Traditions around the World

Explores wishing traditions from around the world, including rainbows, wishing wells, the moon, birthday candles, and wishbones. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, informative captions, detailed maps, sources for further research, an index, and introductions to the author and illustrator.

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  • Make a Wish
  • Stories About Wishing
  • Coins in the Water
  • Paper Cranes
  • Wishing Walls
  • Wishing Trees
  • The Moon
  • Eyelashes
  • Dandelion Fluff
  • Rainbows
  • Ladybugs for Luck
  • Wishbones
  • Birthday Candles
  • Up Close
  • Hands on
  • Glossary
  • Learn More
  • Index
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 398
Lexile 570L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level O
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503850149, 9781503851863
Copyright 2022, 2022
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Traditions Around the World from School Library Connection on January 1, 2022

This series presents selected traditions from around the world in simple sentences written in familiar, student-friendly language. Broad subcategories describe geographically-dispersed information on anecdotal festivities, food, and customs celebrated around six holidays as well as tooth and wishing traditions. Some titles are written in a second person ‘you-friendly’ point-of-view which provides clear access to these high-interest topics for beginning readers. Finest is Tooth Traditions which is deeply global, filled with entries offering cultural connections and commonalities across an array of tooth traditions from countries around the world. Cautious librarians needn’t worry, for Easter Traditions— paragliding in the Ksahu Mountains in Ghana to spring cleaning in Sweden— offers global, ‘safe’ entries with minimal religious context. The tradition of gathering Easter eggs delivered by rabbits is also clarified. However, in National Day (which seems mistitled), all but one entry describe, not an array of National Days, but rather those holidays specifically celebrating freedom from external rule—a country’s fight for independence. Keenly observant readers may take offense at insensitive opinions (such as how countries ‘agree’ to be ruled by another country) and inaccurate generalities (‘Ukrainians don’t have many traditions yet.‘). Introducing some additional context may be necessary for Halloween and Day of the Dead in order to explain the healthy cultural reverence of some countries that revere, rather than fear, skeletons. Overall, most titles will help broaden young readers’ views of a variety of traditions celebrated around the world. Consistent across these 6 titles are the layout of double-page spreads with text and images which alternate between photos with drawings, a ‘Hands On’ section in the end pages, and maps which globally pinpoint the featured countries. Additional Resources. Index. Glossary. Table of Contents.

A noteworthy review of Traditions Around the World from Booklist on October 1, 2021

While food and celebrations might come to mind first when thinking of cultural traditions, this selection from the Traditions around the World series (8 titles) explores how different cultures practice making wishes. In this book, wishing includes both making wishes oneself (such as in a well or fountain, on a wishbone, or on a star) and stories where wishes come true (such as Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp and variations on Cinderella). A mix of stock photos and illustrations help readers visualize the various customs and tales, and a small map, often with at least one inset, highlights where the tradition comes from. Although the author’s examples pull slightly more from Europe and the U.S., the book presents a unique topic and provides a good basis for comparing and contrasting global traditions.

Author: M. J. Cosson

Illustrator: Elisa Chavarri