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The Reasons for Seasons Paperback – March 1, 1996

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-3?Gibbons seems to know just what teachers need to fill that open niche in their curriculum plans. In this title, she explains in succinct, easy-to-understand terms what causes the seasons to change in the two hemispheres. The text is amplified by her trademark illustrations done in bright, primary colors. Children have difficulty grasping the fact that the weather is just the opposite on the other side of the globe and why; this attractive offering will clarify that concept for them.?Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ages 5^-8. Gibbons uses simple words and clear, colorful pictures to explain the seasons, the solstices, and the equinoxes. Besides discussing the earth's tilt and orbit, she also comments on what people and animals do in each season of the year. Brief and occasionally disjointed, these remarks will serve as a starting point for class discussions. Brightly colored pictures, as accessible and appealing as those in Gibbons' other books, illustrate the text. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823412385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823412389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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By A Customer on December 8, 2003
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This is a great book because it offers detailed, factual information about seasons, and doesn't leave any of the important concepts out. It also has great illustrations that are labeled. Gibbons gives children credit for being intelligent enough to understand the complex ways in which our world works, yet understands their developmental needs, and therefore makes the text accessible.
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This was a great book for teaching that the reasons for the seasons is the tilt of the earth's axis. Very straightforward and easy to understand diagrams without being too technical. Great for grades 2 and up.
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I got this book for my 3-1/2 year old. She has been curious this winter about the season and is waiting for spring to come. This book has many details about the different types of clouds, precipitation, leaves changing, the sun, etc. She really enjoys this book!
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educational reading for my 6 year old she enjoyed the book very much, I enjoyed the book to :) refreshed the old brain
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My three year old son is learning about seasons in school. We are skipping the parts about the positioning of the earth and the sun. He will be able to increase his understanding as he gets older.
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Item arrived earlier than expected in excellent condition. My two year old is fascinated and listens attentively even though I think the concepts are be way too advanced for him to grasp. I was surprised when he asked to hear it again after his nap and said " It's a Good Book!" when we finished.
Clearly he doesn't understand everything; there are many abstract concepts like the rotation of the earth on its axis and the rotation of the earth around the sun, but he does relate to the pictures and the information about the seasons which he is experiencing, like snow and the cold of winter.
He also is a word sponge and repeats everything he hears. There's lots of new vocabulary to enjoy here!
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I hate to do this because I really like Gail Gibbons books, but this book about the seasons represents a very common misconception people have about why we have seasons. The first part is accurate in describing the reason for seasons as having to do with the tilt of the earth in relationship to the sun. The distance between the earth and the sun does not change significantly enough to impact the seasons. (I'm not a scientist, so hopefully I explained this clearly enough.)
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Fabulous book with just the right amount of information for my first grade students. The pictures are bright and colorful with the right balance between interesting to look at and simple enough to understand.
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