Shortest Day - Celebrating the Winter Solstice
The science, history, and cultural significance of the shortest day of the year: The Winter Solstice!
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.
Children and adults alike enjoy the changing seasons. Introduce your children to the history and science behind the seasons with this beautifully illustrated children’s series. Using child friendly explanations, the books use well done, simple graphics to explain the solstice and equinox. Children also learn how cultures throughout history have celebrated the seasons. Science activities and celebration ideas are included, along with a suggested reading list for further learning. The text makes references to hundreds of thousands of years ago. 36 pgs, pb. ~Deanne