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

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - 95 páginas
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.

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Crítica de los usuarios  - karinnekarinne - LibraryThing

I love the illustrations in Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts -- you can tell they were drawn in the 70s, in a charming way -- but the writing style is too choppy and random for me to enjoy. I ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - t1bnotown - LibraryThing

I thought this would be a really cool book about the history of Halloween, etc. that I could put in my classroom library, but I eventually decided that it would be unfit. It did have a lot of history ... Leer comentario completo


Halloweenand Before
The Goblins Will Get You
The Halloween Witch
The Witchs Familiars
The Halloween Cat
The OwlHarbinger of Evil
The Mysterious Bat
The Unpopular Toad
Halloween Ghosts
Rattling Bones
Beware the JackoLantern
Black and Orange
Nuts Apples and Cabbages Predict the Future
Halloween Foods
The Halloween Masquerade
Stories for Halloween

The Witchs Broomstick
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

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Ursula Arndt has illustrated a number of popular children's books, including the six holiday titles written by Edna Barth for Clarion. She is now retired and lives in Germany. The late Edna Barth worked as a librarian, a teacher, and an editor of books for young people before becoming the author of many well-known books for children.

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