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The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
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                12-08-2013, 06:02 PM by Terry Stafford
                

                I’ve used this book many times, teaching children about winter celebrations.  In clear prose and attractive illustrations this book explains how the tilt of the earth’s axis as it orbits the sun causes the winter solstice. It then describes the ways people have celebrated this “return of the sun” in different cultures and times, from medieval Europe, ancient China and classical Rome. We also learn that...

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                The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

                Description: The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home, and a further-reading list are included. Illustrated by Jesse Reisch.

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                Author Wendy Pfeffer
                Binding Hardcover
                EAN 9780525469681
                Edition First edition.
                ISBN 0525469680
                Label Dutton Juvenile
                Manufacturer Dutton Juvenile
                Publisher Dutton Juvenile
                Studio Dutton Juvenile
                Title The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
                Brand Dutton Juvenile
                MPN FBA-|299251
                SKU 749780525469681
                PartNumber FBA-|299251
                ProductGroup Book
                ProductTypeName ABIS_BOOK
                Item Height 10 inches
                Item Weight 0.89 pounds
                Item Width 9.02 inches
                Package Height 0.46 inches
                Package Length 10.28 inches
                Package Weight 0.89 pounds
                Package Width 9.28 inches
                Item Length 0.47 inches