Each of our holidays has its own familiar traditions: Wearing green
on St. Patrick's Day, hunting for painted eggs on Easter, gathering
with family and friends to share a picnic and watch fireworks on
the Fourth of July. But where do these customs come from, when did
they begin, and why do we continue to observe them?
In the engaging blend of careful research and lively prose that
has earned her books a lasting place on the holiday bookshelf, Edna
Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the
familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with
our favorite holidays. Acclaimed author James Cross Giblin's
spirited look at our national birthday continues in Ms. Barth's
tradition and rounds out the series. Full of fascinating historical
details and little-known stories, these books are informative and
fun to read. Festively illustrated by Ursula Arndt, they are now
available again in hardcover as well as paperback editions,
featuring new, eye-catching jacket designs, and original holiday
activities inside the paperback covers.
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