Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts : The Story of the Halloween Symbols (Paperback)

Author: Barth, Edna

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Each of our holiday has its own familiar traditions: Trick-or-treating on Halloween, eating turkey on Thanksgiving, waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas, exchanging cards on Valentine's Day. But where do these customs come from, when did they begin, and why do we continue to observe them?

In the engaging blend of careful research and lively prose that has earned her books a lasting place on the holiday bookshelf, Edna Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with our favorite holidays. Full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories, these books are both informative and engaging. Festively illustrated by Ursula Arndt, they are now available again in hardcover as well as paperback editions, featuring new, eye-catching jacket designs, and fun holiday activities inside the paperback covers. Each book includes an annotated list of holiday stories and poems and an index.

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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780618067824
SKU 30605296
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0618067825
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.75L x 0.25T
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Editors Note Here are the stories behind all the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols of Halloween. Each of our holidays has its own familiar traditions: Trick-or-treating on Halloween, eating turkey on Thanksgiving, waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas, exchanging cards on Valentine’s Day. But where do these customs come from, when did they begin, and why do we continue to observe them? In the engaging blend of careful research and lively prose that has earned her books a lasting place on the holiday bookshelf, Edna Barth explores the multicultural origins and evolution of the familiar and not-so-familiar symbols and legends associated with our favorite holidays. Full of fascinating historical details and little-known stories, these books are both informative and engaging. Festively illustrated by Ursula Arndt, they are now available again in hardcover as well as paperback editions, featuring new, eye-catching jacket designs, and fun holiday activities inside the paperback covers. Each book includes an annotated list of holiday stories and poems and an index.
Editors Note 1 Explains the origins of and relates stories associated with familiar Halloween symbols.
Editors Note 2 The history of Halloween customs and symbols from ancient times to the present is discussed along with the origins of the various creatures and activities related to the celebration of the holiday.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 08
Number of Pages 0096
Publisher Clarion Books

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