Sprinkled with anecdotes, laced with folklore, Perl's book entices readers into thinking about familiar territory in a new way. After first discussing the way a seven-day week was settled upon, the book launches into elaborate chapters on how each day received its name, and the traditional events associated with specific days. The Anglo-Saxon sunnandaeg became Sunday, Dies saturni is more readily known as Saturday. The ``blue Monday'' connotation occurred when housewives faced their washday chores. There are many short tellings of Norse, Greek and other mythologies; various religions' holy days are also included. All descriptions are lucid and informative; Perl provides complete descriptions explanations of the origins of names, even if she has to cover several languages to complete the task. Weihs's pictures, which resemble woodcuts, help to make this an accessible, lively book. (8-11)
Gr 4-6 Perl's purpose here is to explain how each of the days of the week received its name and how the different catch phrases, customs and superstitions associated with each came into being. She draws heavily on both the mythology and folk customs of many lands. For instance, children learn that ``Blue Monday'' comes from the blue dye used to starch clothes on what was traditionally washday in early America. Additionally, children learn why certain holidays became associated with specific days. Perl's prose is functional, and she is able to present a great amount of information clearly. Weihs' black-and-white drawings have the appearance of static woodcuts. A book that should meet the needs of both school and public libraries. A bibliography of adult titles is included. Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Ga.