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Check out a five star review of fantastic We All Celebrate from Youth Services Book Review below!

We all Celebrate! by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Jenny Bloomfield. Tiny Owl, 2022. 9781910328897

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? This is a very unusual book of celebrations.  Instead of focusing on Christmas and Easter and Hanukkah, this book starts with “The Start of a Year” celebrations: Nowruz Pirooz! is in March and is celebrated in Iran and many Russian countries. In Ethiopia the new year is celebrated in September, Enkutatash (the gift of jewels), which celebrates the end of the rainy season.  Celebrations held in the Spring include Japan, Spain, India and Bulgaria. Summer celebrations include those held in Sweden and the United Kingdom.  Muslim celebrations involve fasting as do some Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian. Carnivals are a form of celebration held in Brazil and West London. Island festivals are held in Samoa and Indonesia. A wacky food festival is held in Spain which includes throwing tomatoes at everyone! There is still more!  The illustrations are colorful and highly detailed depicting every celebration that is addressed.  Descriptions and histories of each festivity makes this an intriguing and very interesting read.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Adults may need to read the book to children as the font is very small. An Index would have been nice.

To whom would you recommend this book? Children interested in the many celebrations that take place all around the world will definitely enjoy this book.  It is fascinating.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 394.2

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessarily but I really enjoyed it.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  December 29, 2022

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