Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World

NorthSouth. Sept. 2021. 136p. Tr $25.00. ISBN 9780735844438.
Gr 3-5–This informative nonfiction Christmas traditions collection takes students on a journey around the world. From Sweden to Ethiopia, the traditions and celebrations that surround the Christmas holiday are told with a combination of text and beautiful illustrations. The author presents facts and traditional tales from diverse locations in each section of the book, presenting readers many ethnically diverse perspectives on the Christian holiday. Upper elementary readers will learn fun facts and interesting backstories that follow each country’s unique traditions. The spreads make the collaboration between the text and illustrations come to life. Poklewska-Koziello adds so much to the text with her colorful and detailed illustrations. Some pages and chapters are more text heavy then others, and students may have trouble staying engaged or reading those independently.
VERDICT Overall, a beautiful combination of facts and bold, colorful images, and a great addition to library collection.

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