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Festivals! by Jane Bingham – Book Review

Nov 14th 2023

This is a wonderful book of festivals and celebrations around the world. It looks at well-known festivals such as Christmas, Diwali, Halloween, Eid and Easter and more unknown ones such as the Monkey Buffet Festival, Woolly Worm Festival and the International Ice and Snow Festival. The book is filled with festivals: some celebrate an important day for a religion, some welcome a season, some are in memory of a special person and some are just about having a good time.

The contents page is cleverly organised, grouping festivals according to how they are celebrated such as dance, parade, race, feast or lights. The ‘More about festivals’ at the back of the book gives you at a quick glance the when, where, what and why of festivals.

The bright illustrations really bring the book to life with just enough information that doesn’t make it too overwhelming to learn and remember. I am enjoying sharing this book at home with my 4-year old and would highly recommend it as a book to have at home too.

This book is suitable for EYFS and KS1. It is a fantastic book to have on your classroom bookshelf so that you can refer to it at different points in the year when festivals are celebrated. It is a must have book to help children learn about different cultures and traditions.

Look out for our new EYFS unit for Autumn 2 based on this book.  We have planned a wonderful unit of work that takes a look at a number of different celebrations that take place in the Autumn term.

Buy Festivals! from our partners at Peters here.