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Celebrate! Connections Among Cultures

Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds


Every culture has its own special traditions and reasons for celebrating. People in the Australian Outback walk on a dream journey, connecting with their past. In Bali, dancers perform a graceful Legong dance, telling an ancient story. And in the United States we watch fireworks, marking the birth of our country.

At first glance these practices seem quite different from each other, but they are actually much more alike than most people may realize. In Celebrate! readers travel to communities near and far, and explore the essence of celebrations the world over.

With striking photographs and engaging text, photojournalist Jan Reynolds presents a refreshing look at the similarities among cultural traditions around the world. Readers will be captivated as they discover the universal connections people share when they celebrate.

Booktalk with author/photographer Jan Reynolds

Teacher's Guide

Best of the Best Books
Chicago Public Library

2007 Children's Book of the Year
Outstanding Merit
Bank Street College Children's Book Committee

Interest Level
Grades 1 - 4
Reading Level
Grades 3 - 4
Cultural diversity, Environment/Nature, Holidays & Celebrations, Multiethnic interest, Nonfiction
About the Creators

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.

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