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Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World [Paperback]

Heather Conrad , DeForest Walker

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15 Dec 2013
Lights of Winter is a children's picture book about winter celebrations around the world: Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Teng Chieh, Diwali, Soyal, Las Posadas, Zagmuk, Saturnalia. For ages 3-9. Thirteen color illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Lightport Books (15 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971242526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971242524
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.6 x 0.2 cm

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 17 Jan 2009
By catalpa - Published on
I was saddened to discover this book is a poor tool for information on the extremly important subject matter. I will not keep this book as it would have to ad lib through much of the content to make up for lack of information and misleading words. I am unable to regift it as I do not endorse the book.

An example of incorrect infomation- The African flag is described to explain the colors of the candles used in celebrating Kwanza. There is no African flag....there are flags of the African countries and each has it's own color scheme.
Yule is written in past tense as if this holiday is no longer celebrated. The name used to describe the people, Pagan, is not defined.
Winter Solstice is used again and again but never explained as a holiday of Light but as a way to describe Yule.
I am now suspect of all of the other information as misleading. I will not read this book.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful look at winter celebrations world-wide 14 Jan 2002
By Krista Farey - Published on
This book is full of wonderful information that is accessible to children and interesting to adults. It provides a respectful description of ten of the many historical and contemporary mid-winter celebrations of the world and highlights their commonality. The text and illustrations are beautiful. I sent it to be read to my seven year-old's Girl Scout troop, where the children were enthralled by it. My daughter was delighted when she learned afterwards that we had a copy at home.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!!!! I love the pictures and the stories! 21 Dec 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Finally here is a book that explores the Holidays for all cultures, all people. I am raising my son to respect other cultures and their traditions. I loved how this book honored our differences and also showed how much we have in common. I have given this book to friends and they love it also. My son's teacher borrowed our copy to read to her class and she told me it was a wonderful way to expose the children to different cultures. This is a great book and I am very glad it is part of our family library!!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for children and adults! 17 Nov 2001
By "marianshul" - Published on
I was given a copy of this book, and fell in love immediately. The first impact is made by utterly gorgeous illustrations, in clean bright colors--simple, but not at all primitive. Next you are charmed by the IDEA of the book, which assembles various festivals of light from around the world. You really can see that we are a human "family," with the same instincts toward celebration, and the same need to be reassured that "spring will come again." Third, but not the least of the pleasures is the writing, which is simple and easy to read aloud, without being condescending the way so many kid's books are.
If I have any criticism of this book, it is that I would have liked it to last longer--I hope next time the author writes a longer book, to give me even more enjoyment.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 8 Nov 2008
By Joan - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Nine winter holidays are covered. Each has a short paragraph and an illustration. The information is very shallow. You don't do much more than learn the name of the holiday, where it is and a couple of things associated with celebrating it.

The artwork appears to be computer graphics made to look like folkart, creates a homey-folksy feeling that we associate with holidays. Large clear text is easy to read. The binding and glossy pages appear to be of good quality.

Its a pretty good book, but I wish I could rewrite the first couple of pages. My study of the ancients makes me believe they were much more sophisticated than to think the sun was hiding because it was angry with them. I'm more inclined to believe it was a celebration of the mystery of the cycle of death and life. And I really don't think this is true at all "people couldn't go outside after the sun set. It was too dark." Oh please. We may be that cowardly, but I really doubt that they were. I don't want someone to not buy this book because of this. I doubt the other books on the subject are better, but please help your child know that the ancients were very intelligent people with sophisticated cultures and not a bunch of stereotypical cavemen.
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