Birthdays Around the World

illus. by Ashley Barron. 40p. glossary. Kids Can. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781771386241.
K-Gr 3—This cheerful nonfiction picture book explores birthday celebrations in a variety of countries. Ruurs showcases the cultural traditions of various children, including special clothing worn and the details of the festivities (food, games, special guests, etc.). The paper-cut illustrations are colorful and inviting but simple enough for small group read-alouds. There are tips for reading, helpful background information for parents and teachers, and follow-up activities. The short text passages are slightly challenging because of all the vocabulary words from other languages, but there is a glossary appended. The brevity of the prose will make this one a good choice for introductory conversations about cultural differences.
VERDICT A fine addition to the geography and/or culture sections of children's libraries.

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