Discusses the significance of some of the harvest festivals around the world and describes how they are celebrated.
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Grade 2-5-This informative and succinct title begins with a definition of the equinox and covers historical perspectives as well as current festivities in America, Europe, China, India, Nigeria, Angola, and Great Britain. An autumn story from the Sauk ("-a North American people originally living in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois") caps the presentation. Crafts, recipes, and games enhance the book's educational potential. Ellis's stimulating folk-art illustrations capture the essences of different cultures while retaining a continuity that helps to highlight similarities among such observances. Though not detailed enough to support an in-depth report, the information provides an excellent introduction to the importance of the autumn equinox. Though this title works best read independently or one-on-one, individual sections could be shared with a large group. The Autumn Equinox should join Jackson's The Winter Solstice (Millbrook, 1994) in any library serving children.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110761319840