The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

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A science-oriented nonfiction picture book about the summer solstice—sure to be a classroom favorite!

In this fourth and final book in the series about seasons, Wendy Pfeffer turns her attention to summer, when butterflies emerge from silky cocoons and daylight hours stretch longer and longer. With lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, The Longest Day takes us on a journey through the history and science behind the summer solstice, with a focus on summer celebrations from ...

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Overview

A science-oriented nonfiction picture book about the summer solstice—sure to be a classroom favorite!

In this fourth and final book in the series about seasons, Wendy Pfeffer turns her attention to summer, when butterflies emerge from silky cocoons and daylight hours stretch longer and longer. With lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, The Longest Day takes us on a journey through the history and science behind the summer solstice, with a focus on summer celebrations from various cultures around the world. Teachers and students alike will treasure the varied and accessible knowledge, and activities in the back let everyone in on the festivities.

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The open, bright spreads will appeal to younger kids, while independent readers can move on to the suggested resources.
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Although many people may informally launch summer with their Memorial Day picnics, the official first day of the season is the summer solstice. This longest day of the year, on or about June 21st, has been celebrated for centuries by people the world over. After describing several fun summer activities, author Pfeffer draws readers' attention to the science and history of the seasonal change. After a succinct explanation of how the earth's position shift causes longer days, she provides a wealth of intriguing information about sun celebrations throughout time, in a variety of places. Her text touches upon ancient civilizations, including the Egyptian belief in the sun god Ra, the Greek shadow measurements, and the Chumash Indians' crystal cave. Travel-minded children will appreciate Pfeffer's mention of several sun-significant places, including Stonehenge, New Hampshire's Mystery Hill, Wyoming's Bighorn Medicine Wheel. Celebration-minded readers will enjoy her discussion of festivities around the world, including Lithuania's St. John's Day, the Germanic Midsummer Eve, Bohemia's wreath tradition, Sweden's Midsummer Day, and the Alaskan Polar Bear Swim. The text ends with a brief description of how summer leads into autumn and a set of "Solstice Facts." Directions for four hands-on crafts are included, as are lists of books and web sites for further reference. Other books in this series include We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice, and A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox. The text is succinct but engaging, and the illustrations appealing. The set is reasonably priced and is recommended for classroom or library collections. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
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Gr 1–4—From the traditions of the Chumash Indians of California, to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel of Wyoming and the Polar Bear Swim of Nome, Alaska, this book introduces the celebrations and traditions surrounding the longest day of the year. It tells about the observance of Midsummer's long hours of sunlight, noted in folktales and mythology from ancient times to the present. Colorful cartoon figures in watercolor-washed spreads celebrate in locations from Europe to North America, and a diagram of the shaded positions of the Earth in relation to the Sun gives readers a view of seasonal changes. The text introduces both tradition and some science. A companion to Pfeffer's The Shortest Day (2003), We Gather Together (2006), and A New Beginning (2008, all Dutton), the book concludes with "solstice facts" and crafts. Thirteen celebrations of the sun are included with basic information—just enough to interest young children.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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In this fourth of a series (A New Beginning, 2008, etc.), science, myth and custom merge into a celebratory introduction to the Summer Solstice. As summer approaches, bison shed winter coats, mountain goats move to summer pastures and butterflies emerge from cocoons. Simultaneously, people move outdoors to picnic and play in the growing sunlight. Pfeffer transitions from familiar summer activities into scientific concepts about the earth's orbital position on or about June 21, which produces the longest day. She segues into myths of the Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Greek sun gods and introduces ancient monuments erected to the solstice, such as the Chumash Indian House of the Sun, Stonehenge, New Hampshire's Mystery Hill and the Plains Indian Bighorn Medicine Wheel. From myths and monuments, the author moves to celebrations: Lithuanian fire wheels, Germanic bonfires, Bohemian flower wreaths, Swedish midsummer poles and Alaskan "Polar Bear" swims, ending with lawn sprinklers and beach sand. Bleck's sprightly, colorful illustrations offer a visual celebration as they faithfully track the text. A comfortable, multidimensional investigation of the Summer Solstice that transcends time and place. (facts, activities) (Informational picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422372
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Pfeffer (www.author-illustr-source.com/wendypfeffer.htm) is the author of many nonfiction children’s books, including From Tadpole to Frog and A Log’s Life, which won the Giverny Award for Best Children’s Science Picture Book. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey.

Linda Bleck (www.lindableck.com) is the author/illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, including The City Kid & the Suburb Kid by Deb Pilutti (“Best of the Best” Chicago Public Library 2008), Pepper Goes to School (National Parenting Publication Award 2006), and The Moon Shines Down (Mom’s Choice Award 2009) by Margaret Wise Brown. She lives with her husband and two children in southern Wisconsin.

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