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Caroline Parry.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1987.
256pp., paper, $14.95.
ISBN 0-921103-40-9. cloth, $24.95. ISBN 0-921103-38-7. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Creative activities and seat work.
Fasts and feasts-Canada.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13

Reviewed by Joanne Robertson.

Volume 16 Number 2
1988 March

We all know Canada is a multicultural society, but did you know that Canadians celebrate their ethnic diversity with over 250 holidays each year? In her book Let's Celebrate!, Caroline Parry explains the legends, traditions and origins of many customs associated with holidays in Canada. Details and background are presented on obscure festivals like the Frog Follies, uniquely Canadian events like the Sun Dance of the Native People, and popular holidays like Christmas and Hallowe'en.

Why do we call holidays red-letter days? What is a mummer's play? How did the harvest moon get its name? Who designed the first printed Christmas card? When is Chinese New Year celebrated? Where is the Canadian Turtle Derby held? The answers to these questions and to many more you may have about holiday celebrations in Canada are in Let's Celebrate!. The index makes it easy to locate the information you want. Activities, jokes, limericks, games and recipes are also included.

Illustrated with black-and-white drawings, the book is arranged in chapters dealing with winter, spring, summer, fall and Muslim Special Days (which have no specific celebration dates.) A preliminary chapter on calendars briefly explains the various types of calendars Canadians use and the confusion that has resulted from the different methods of keeping track of time.

As Caroline Parry says, "If you too want to adopt or revive or create a special day, use Let's Celebrate! as your guide." It is a handy reference book for both adult and student.

Joanne Robertson, Dauphin, MB.
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