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The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene

The Story of Halloween

by Carol Greene

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Why do we celebrate Halloween? What is it, exactly, and where does it come from? Carol Greene shares the history of Halloween for young readers, answering these questions. Colorful illustrations resembling chalk art accompany Greene's text, carrying readers from the early days of Halloween as the harvest festival of Samhain to the costume-donning, candy-giving spooktacular it is in the U.S. today. Avoiding some of the highly commercialized elements and darker themes attached to the holiday, Greene delivers the origins of Halloween in a way that is acceptable for small children without being overly simplistic. ( )
  sgudan | Feb 1, 2017 |
Who knew that the history of Halloween extended waaaaay farther back than the All Saints Day warding off of evil spirits? And who could have imagined that a Jack-o-Lantern used to be a Jack-o-Turnip? Apparently, Carol Green did, and she shares tidbits about the history of Halloween in ways that both demystify and intrigue readers both young and, um, more "mature" (such as this one). While not exactly a chapter book, this work organizes the history of Halloween chronologically and gives each "age" a page, making the book's info easily bite-sizeable, and thus a wonderful "read a page a day-able" during the month of October. Highly recommend for the 2nd-5th grade classroom non-fiction classroom. ( )
  Desirichter | Jan 15, 2016 |
Halloween goes all the way back to 2,000 years from now. It use to be harvest festivals in Great Britain, Ireland, and Northern France. Halloween has changed so much over the years through so many countries. This book taught me a lot about Halloween that I did not know. Awesome facts. Great book to introduce to children to give them the background on Halloween. ( )
  acreel | Sep 14, 2014 |
Carol Greene offers a brief and lively history of the spooky, trick-or-treating holiday. Greene traces the origins of Halloween back to 2000 years ago, and shows how the celebration has transformed through the centuries and how it ended up in the United States. Over 2000 years ago, the Celts in parts of Western Europe held a fall celebration to thank the sun for their harvest by having fire ceremonies (bonfires). Over time the celebration travelled to different countries and changed with different cultures. The beginnings of trick-or-treating as we know it, was said to have been brought to the U.S. by Irish immigrants in the mid 1800’s. This is an interesting and informative little history lesson on Halloween. A brief part of the tale concerns the history of the Jack-o-lantern. The tale tells of a mean spirited Irish drunk named Jack, who is too bad to get into heaven or hell. Some may feel this is not appropriate material for children, and in that case this part could be omitted without it taking anything away from the story. ( )
  akrause | Nov 26, 2012 |
This book is a children's book about the story of halloween. It talks about how halloween came to be and also that its not just about children dressing up and getting candy. ( )
  kathryn123 | Sep 20, 2012 |
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Today, Halloween means ghosts and goblins and trick-or-treaters ringing the doorbell. But this holiday began more than 2,000 years ago, and back then Halloween meant something very different. In the beginning, it was a harvest festivalduring which the people of Great Britain, Ireland, and northern France gave thanks for their harvested crops. Over time, Halloween took on new meaning, and people believed that elves, spirits, and scary creatures roamed the earth.

Now Halloween is a time for children to dress in costumes and go door to door in search of treats, but some ancient traditions are still part of this festive night. Find out how this spooky celebration became a much anticipated holiday in this charming book by Carol Greene, with illustrations by Linda Bronson.

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Explores the history of Halloween from the holiday's Celtic origins over 2000 years ago to present-day celebrations, and provides spooky riddles and ideas for pumpkin art.

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