Reviews for Germany

School Library Journal Reviews 1998 January
Gr 3-5?Two books that feature five major festivals in their respective countries. Puerto Rico presents the Calle San Sebastian festival, the fiesta for Santiago Apostol, the celebrations that take place during the Las Navidades, and the patriotic festivals of Grito de Lares in Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican Day in the United States. Germany describes St. Martin's Day, Karneval, St. Nikolaus Day and Christmas, Oktoberfest, and Walpurgis Night. In both titles, the language is clear, simple, and descriptive, and the bright, colorful photographs correlate well with the texts, although occasionally a caption or the narrative will allude to something that is not depicted. Unfortunately, the organization is poor, as the festivals are not presented in chronological or alphabetical order. The craft activities and recipes that conclude both books are clearly described and include safety warnings. However, the rationale for the choice of the recipe offered is not apparent. Nonessential purchases but possibly of use as supplementary material.?Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City