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Friday, December 18, 2015

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice - Wendy Pfeffer

On or around December 21st is the shortest day of the year known as winter solstice, which indicates the official start of winter. This children's book, decorated with wonderful illustrations, begins by explaining the change from autumn to winter in a modern context with dressing warm when outside and staying toasty inside buildings and goes on to explain what causes the change scientifically.

Following this introduction, children are then told about what ancient people thought about the change of seasons and includes explanations of some of the festivities of the ancient peoples, including: the Romans, northern Europeans, Sweden, Incas, and finally some of the modern traditions.

The back of the book includes an index with illustrations of with more details of how the tilt of the planet causes seasons, activities to demonstrate the tilt of earth, and even a few ideas on how to celebrate solstice.

Children will enjoy learning about natural events and how people around the world celebrate them when reading this book.

More by the author:
The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox
We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season

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