Birthdays Around the World
Birthdays Around the World is a book written by Margriet Ruurs. There are many examples of birthdays. The characters in this book have their own birthdays. Ieva celebrates her Name Day. “I also get flowers on my Name Day, which is just as important as my birthday. December 24 is the day for my name—Ieva.” Shinobu dresses up in a special costume. “It will take hours for my mother to help me dress in a silk kimono and do my hair.” And Phuc Khang turns one year older. “The most exciting part, on the first day of Tet, is when my parents give me li xi, or lucky money, in a red envelope. It’s how children are congratulated for becoming a year older.” Some birthdays have meals, like Maame’s. “Awo-da!…She mashes yams with palm oil and boils the eggs.” Some people celebrate the King’s birthday, like Nthabeleng. I really liked the illustrations in this book. It is great for someone who enjoys reading about other places and people. For readers who are celebrating their birthdays right now, this book is a must-read for you.
Margriet Ruurs • Ashley Barron, Illustrator
Kids Can Press