Celebrations around the world for children
Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!: Festivals, Carnivals, and Feast Days from Around the World by Barnabas KindersleyThis remarkable new book from photographer and writer team Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley captures the color and vibrancy of international childrens festivals. For 12 months, Barnabas and Anabel traveled around the world, meeting children and talking to them about the celebrations and festivals they enjoy. The childrens stories were recorded in this beautiful book, published in association with the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). Original photography and the childrens own words bring to life many of the worlds major religious and local celebrations from countries as far apart as Japan and Mexico, India, and Sweden. From the dazzling costumes of the Rio Carnival to the role of the elephants in Sri Lankas Esala Perahera, children everywhere will love learning about the festivals and the wonderful ways in which these events are celebrated around the world.
Celebrations Around the World
Kids love any reason to have a party, so why not celebrate some of the world's major holidays this year? You'll teach your child about different cultures and maybe pick up a few new family traditions. During the Chinese New Year, grown-ups give children little red envelopes filled with chocolate coins, which symbolize wealth and good fortune. Why not slip homemade coupons "Good for one hug" into red envelopes for your kids? Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French.
The UN encouraged each country to set their own dates and celebrate according to their own traditions, religions and culture. While the global celebration has since changed dates, China has retained June 1st. On this day, children go to parks and public areas to participate in competitions, games, concerts, and shows organized by the government and public volunteers.
A favorite in classrooms, libraries, and homes, Children Just Like Me is a comprehensive view of international cultures, exploring diverse backgrounds from Argentina to New Zealand to China to Israel. With this brand new edition, children will learn about their peers around the world through engaging photographs and understandable text laid out in DK's distinctive style. Highlighting 36 different countries, Children Just Like Me profiles 44 children and their daily lives. From rural farms to busy cities to riverboats, this celebration of children around the world shows the many ways children are different and the many ways they are the same, no matter where they live. Meet Bolat, an eight-year-old from Kazakhstan who likes to cycle, play with his pet dogs, and play the dromba; Joaquin from New Jersey who enjoys reading and spending time with his family, and whose favorite food is bacon; or Yaroslav from Moscow who likes to make robots. Daily routines, stories of friends and family, and dreams for the future are spoken directly from the children themselves, making the content appropriate and interesting to draw in young readers.
Multiculturalism is prevalent in most countries now as travel has become easier and easier. It is important for children to be exposed to different traditions and ideas from a variety of cultures to encourage understanding and nurture respect and caring. We have created a variety of resources that can be used to teach children about the celebrations that are important to different parts of the world and different cultures. For each celebrations you can use the research scaffold to help children look for and record information to present in any form such as an information report, poster, slide show, etc. We have also provided the same scaffold with brief background information for each celebration.