The sun shines down on us, giving warmth and light. But did you know that the sun also makes the seasons? As the earth makes one complete rotation around the sun every year, the seasons on the earth change—from winter to spring to summer to fall and back to winter again. Find out how the light from the sun affects life on the earth for all living things in this look at the only star in our solar system.
Now rebranded with a new cover look, this book features content-rich vocabulary, fascinating side bars and diagrams by bestselling illustrator Michael Rex, and a find out more section with a simple experiment that allows kids to make their own orbiting model with an orange and a pencil. The author, Franklyn M. Branley, was the author of over 150 science books for children and Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History–Hayden Planetarium. The text and art were vetted for accuracy by an expert in the field.
This is a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science title, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.
About the Author
Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium.
Michael Rex learned to draw in Chatham, New Jersey, and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Who Digs? and Who Builds? are his first two books with HarperCollins. Mr. Rex lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Educational, about the earth and the seasons. very good book to read to students learning about seasons.
Sunshine Makes the Seasons is all about the sun and its characteristics. This book talks about what all the sun is actually part of in the world. There are effects to follow if the sun were to stop shinning. Although the sun shines all year long, we are colder in the winter and warmer in the summer. To see the effects of the sun on the seasons, we can experiment. An orange, pencil, flashlight and marker would be needed for the experiment. One person holds the flashlight and the other holds the north and south labeled orange on the pencil. As the orange is rotated, the light that appears on the orange is the sun. However, once the earth goes around the sun, the days get shorter. The sun and earth play big factors in our life.Overall, Sunshine makes the Seasons was a really good book. This book was very descriptive like all science books should be. The experiment with the orange on a pencil with the flashlight was just like the experiment demonstrated to us in class. I would read and experiment with this in a second grade classroom. The science content is accurate in this book and works well as an example. I could read this book to my class when talk about the four seasons and the effects on humans. The four seasons would be part of a science lesson. Also, this book could be read when I talk about the moon and sun.