|Columbus Day: Celebrating a famous explorer by Elaine Landau|
Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. When he
grew up, he realized that traders from Italy and other places
in Europe needed a safe, shorter route to Asia. That was where
India, Japan, China, and the East Indies were. These countries
had gold, silk, and spices. At that time, spices were not just
for food. They were also used as medicines, and people paid a lot
of money for them.
Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 with three ships - the Nina,
the Pinta, and the Santa Maria - and a total of ninety men. He never reached
Asia. But, today he is famous for crossing the Atlantic Ocean to reach the
Americas. We remember Christopher Columbus each year on Columbus
Day - the second Monday in October.
|The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson|
The Herdmans plus Halloween have always spelled disaster.
Every year theses six kids - the worst in the history of Woodrow
Wilson School, and possibly even the world - wreak havoc on the whole
town. They steal candy, spray-paint kids, and take anything that's not
Now the mayor has had it. He's decided to cancel Halloween. There
won't be any Herdmans to contend with this year, but there
won't be any candy, either. And what's Halloween without candy?
And without trick-or-treating? The Herdmans manage to turn the
worst Halloween ever into the best Halloween ever in this
uproarious sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
|Celebrate Halloween by Deborah Heiligman|
A night for costumes. A night for candy. Visiting
pumpkin patches, carving jack-o'-lanterns, and telling
scary stories. Dressing up in masks and costumes, going to
parties, and trick-or-treating for candy. These are just
some of the traditions that make Halloween one of the most
anticipated holidays of the year for many children - and for lots
of grown-ups too!
In these colorful pages, author Deborah Heiligman explores this
fun holiday, which began as a festival in ancient Ireland and Britain
and is now celebrated in a number of countries around the world.
Readers will learn why ghosts and skeletons and other creepy
creatures are associated with Halloween, and also about the origins
of such Halloween customs as wearing masks and trick-or-treating.
|Who Said Boo? by Nancy White Carlstrom|
Trick or treat! What could be better than a
smiling jack-o-lantern to light the way on the spookiest
night of all - Halloween!
Follow a family's Halloween capers in this collection of
twelve poems by renowned children's book author
Nancy White Carlstrom. The children don their costumes in
"Who Said Boo?" dare to visit the eerie "Haunted House" ; and
bob for apples at the "Halloween Carnival." R. W. Alley's sprightly
drawings of the little goblins make this collection an especially sweet treat.