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Winter Solstice
     

Winter Solstice

by Ellen Jackson, Jan D. Ellis (Illustrator), Ellen Jackson
 

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Presents facts and folklore about the shortest day of the year, a day that has been filled with magic since ancient times.

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Presents facts and folklore about the shortest day of the year, a day that has been filled with magic since ancient times.

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Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Why do the days get shorter in winter and longer in the summer? This text-heavy picture book explains it in both scientific and folkloric terms. Children will learn about the ways the ancient Romans, Celts, Scandinavians and other groups marked the changing of the seasons. Younger kids will need it read out loud to them, but a third or fourth grader could not only enjoy it on his/her own, but also use it as a resource for a school report on the solstice. The book is a "Children's Choice" selection of the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-This picture book does a solid job of explaining various early peoples' attitudes about the winter solstice and related rituals and traditions. Included are the Celtics, Romans, and Native Americans (among others). The information is well presented and flows evenly. The strongest part of the text is the discussion of which aspects of these ancient traditions are celebrated today and why. The book ends with a Cherokee folktale on the creation of the seasons. The attractive, double-page, full-color illustrations enhance the text. A good choice for libraries needing material on the subject.-Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761302971
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.02(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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