Presents definitions and the historical background of words associated with Halloween.
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Grade 4-8-- Here is the best source for the history and meaning of most of the words children associate with Halloween. The words are grouped by general subjects, such as the words related to Halloween night itself, or the "people" associated with Halloween, including goblins, monsters, and vampires. The etymology of the word is given, along with its changing and current meaning, some examples from history and literature, and current usage. The book is both entertaining and informative, and would fill the need of class assignments to explain Halloween symbols or the study of language origins. Witches, Pumpkins and Grinning Ghosts (Clarion, 1972) by Edna Barth gives information on many of the same Halloween symbols for younger readers, but it does not go into the word origins or literary allusions. Black-and-white illustrations add humor to the text. A fine addition to any collection of specialized dictionaries or books on the holidays. --Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
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Book Description Camelot, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110380711729
Book Description Camelot, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0380711729