The 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.
Wendy Pfeffer is the author of several children's books. She enjoyed early careers as a teacher and a nursery school director and now devotes her time to writing and conducting workshops on creative writing for both adults and children. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, New Jersey.
Jesse Reisch is a published illustrator for for several children's and adult books
“In a well-thought-out collection of ideas surrounding December 21 and the Winter Solstice, the author leads readers through what happens to the sun and why… Back pages include an interesting and useful variety of ideas, from more facts about the solstice with explanatory diagrams, four projects that teachers, parents, and adults who work with children would find fresh, and two “cooking” activities, one for a human party and one for an avian one.”
“Using clear, concise language, Pfeffer discusses important ideas behind the shortest day of the year, such as the change from autumn to winter as well as the concept of the Earth’s tilting away from the sun…....Pfeffer uses an easy, comfortable tone for conveying the basic information, and the end pages will provide additional opportunities for would-be astronomers to explore the principles on their own.”—School Library Journal
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