How Long Is a Month?

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A lot happens in a month! As the moon makes one trip around Earth, plants grow and you do too. Find out more in How Long Is a Month?

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A lot happens in a month! As the moon makes one trip around Earth, plants grow and you do too. Find out more in How Long Is a Month?

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Months in our commonly used calendar have between 28 to 31 days and each month has its own name. This is because about every four weeks, the moon travels once around the Earth. Twelve months make one year. The months are also organized into seasons. A part of "The Calendar" series, these texts discuss time-related science and social studies topics and put them into terms young children can understand. In this book, simple text paired with specifically chosen vocabulary words—such as week, month, year and seasonal words such as spring, summer, fall, and winter—introduce important concepts commonly used in daily life. The book does not follow the official start date of the seasons, but rather indicates seasons in sets of three months. For example, the text indicates winter begins in January, spring in April, summer in July, and fall in October, as opposed to using the commonly observed dates that begin each season. With its focus on the seasons, the full-page, full-color photographs show examples of things and activities from each of the seasons, including a snowman, a frog, kids camping and playing in the woods. The book indicates some activities that happen in a month's time, such as how hair grows. It also notes how babies' ages are described in terms of months. Of special note is the use of photographs showing a great mixture of children from diverse ethnic backgrounds. A note to parents and teachers on the copyright page explains that early readers may need help reading some words and using the typical non-fiction text features, such as the table of contents, glossary, and index. Backmatter includes a short list of related books and directions to the FactHound website for more information related to the book. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429678995
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: The Calendar Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,413,745
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: NC320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a girl, she wanted to become a superhero. Her mother gave her a Wonder Woman costume. Her dad crafted her a tiara and bracelets out of metal to match. Trisha imagined she could fight evil, fly an invisible airplane, and get anyone to tell the truth. While she didn’t grow up to be Wonder Woman, she still uses her imagination to write stories and to teach creative writing.
Trisha has taught creative writing to children and adults for thirteen years. She has published 26 books for children, and more are forthcoming. She has an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Trisha currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen, and their cat, Eartha, named after Eartha Kitt, famous for her role as Catwoman.

Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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