Holidays

The Festival of Bones = El Festival de las Calaveras: The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead

By Luis San Vicente; translation by John William Byrd & Bobby Byrd

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"San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the biggest event of their social calendar. A short and fun essay, directed toward young readers, will explain this important Mexican holiday. The works of Mexico City artist Luis San Vicente have been exhibited in Mexico, Venezuela, Europe, and the United States. He has won UNESCO's prestigious NOMA Encouragement Concours Prize for Illustration, and UNESCO honored his work (1997, 1998, and 1999) in their prestigious Youth and Children's Catalog of Illustrations."

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Coming Together: Celebrations for African American Families

By Harriette Cole and John Pinderhughes

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"African American families are dynamic and powerful. Celebrations play an important part in the fabric of the family. Coming Together is devoted to several of the very special occasions that many African American families honor. Filled with creative ideas for involving the entire family-from young children to grandparents and great-grandparents-this rich book provides everything you need to transform time together into compelling and memorable occasions. Coming Together is brimming with sample menus, easy-to-follow recipes, crafts, activities, and unique ideas to bring the value of these celebrations to life."
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Independence Day

By Molly Aloian

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What is Independence Day? -- Ruled by Great Britain -- Declaration of Independence -- Early celebrations -- Making speeches -- Decorations -- The American flag -- Picnics -- Parades -- Songs and music -- Baseball -- Fireworks -- Take a trip!
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Independence Day

By Willma Willis Gore

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Describes the origins and past and present celebrations of Independence Day.
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Valentine's Day

By Reagan Miller

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Every February 14th, people celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and gifts, all in the name of Saint Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? Young readers will discover the meanings behind Valentine's Day symbols such as hearts, red roses, and cupid. Readers will also learn how people around the world celebrate this holiday.

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Groundhog Day!

By Gail Gibbons

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Learn about groundhogs and their special day.

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Free at Last!

By Angela Bull

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A biography of the civil rights leader, covering his childhood, leadership, powerful speeches, assassination, and greatest influences. A level 4 beginning reader.

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Classics in the Afternoon: It's a Wonderful Life

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Frank Capra's classic inspirational film It's a Wonderful Life at the England Run Branch on Thursday, December 9th at 2:00 pm.

George Bailey (James Stewart), a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.  Also starring Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice

By Carolyn McVickar Edwards

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The winter solstice, the day the "sun stands still," marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year (it occurs either on December 20 or 21). Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent. The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition, no matter what their faith.

Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales-from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia-that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.

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Cooking the South American Way

By Helga Parnell

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An overview of South American cookery that includes information about the continent's holidays and festivals. Features simple recipes and menu planning that are perfect for school projects or the family kitchen where everybody cooks. This newer edition includes lower calorie and vegetarian recipes.

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