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Celebrate Independence Day
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K-Gr 3-Lush color photographs show the diversity of the celebrants and bring an immediacy to these observances. Clear, simple texts provide history and background information, descriptions of customs, and basic analyses of each celebration's deeper meaning. The author does not assume uniformity, sensitively noting that some Native Americans mark Independence Day by protesting the loss of Native lands, and by beginning with "Some of us..." when describing various High Holiday customs. Exemplary back matter includes quick facts and extra information to provide context. There is even a map showing where all of the fascinating photos were taken. The use of the first-person plural voice makes the books feel inclusive and welcoming to all readers, whether or not they observe the holidays described. These titles make excellent introductions to the holidays and provide enough background to interest those already familiar with them.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
Heiligman captures the festiveness of Independence Day, also reminding readers of its origin and relevance. She uses the inclusive ""we,"" and her writing is clear and easy to read (though she skims over displacement of Native Americans). Plentiful photographs depict varied community celebrations. Additional facts, a recipe, a map, and a one-page essay by a history professor are included. Reading list, websites. Glos. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Strike up the band, pack a picnic, and enjoy the fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day takes a nationwide perspective on the joy of America's biggest party. All the history and culture of Independence Day is here, along with fun facts, an all-American recipe, a locator map for every photo and a complete resource guide. Deborah Heiligman's rich narrative evokes the patriotic flavor of the Fourth-and explains its associations with liberty and democracy. The text also looks at how people from other nations celebrate their independence days, and includes an expert consultant's note.

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