"Celebrate Easter" continues the spectacular "Holidays Around the World" series by looking at Easter celebrations all over the world. Using fairly brief text and approximately 25 vibrant photographs, the book gives a flavour for the holiday from a global perspective. "Celebrate Easter" focuses on historical and cultural aspects of the holiday: traditions, food, and types of celebration. The extensive back matter includes fun facts; a recipe; a map showing the locations of the photographs in the book; a resource list of books, videos, and Web sites; and, a note from an expert consultant. This note, aimed at parents and teachers, helps put Easter in a greater cultural and historic context. "Celebrate Easter" shows a range of celebrations of the holiest day in the Christian calendar. Traditional Easter dances in Africa, Easter feasts in Australia, and Easter egg dying in many locations are all rich observances of a holiday celebrated all over the world. Deborah Heiligman's inviting, second-person text evokes the flavour of Easter - its springtime setting, its associations with new life - while providing accessible rich information about its origins and variations.
The award-winning author of 15 books for children, DEBORAH HEILIGMAN has written three books for National Geographic: Honeybees; Babies: All You Need To Know; and High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy. Her best-known and bestselling book outside NGS is From Caterpillar to Butterfly (HarperCollins, 1996). Deborah specializes in writing about complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies. She is equally at home writing for early readers and middle grade students. Her experience as a religious studies major at Brown University has been put to good use in working on this series. Deborah lives in New York City with her husband, author Jonathan Weiner, her sons Aaron and Benjamin, and her cat, Peanut Butter.