Praise for The Shortest Day:
"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. The historical view provides a brief look at the days of prehistoric sun worship as well as chronological interpretations of the phenomenon from 5000 to 1000 years ago. Thus, young listeners are exposed to the ideas of ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Incan, and European astronomers and their efforts to explain this scientific wonder. The modern scene of the solstice celebration, though obviously at Christmas, features family, presents, and stockings on the mantle but has no religious overtones. The remaining pages feature more complete "Solstice Facts," four simple experiments, two party suggestions, and a short but up-to-date list for further reading. While appealing to a younger audience, this treatment combines the cultural approach of Ellen Jackson's The Winter Solstice (Millbrook, 1994) and the activities of Sandra Markle's Exploring Winter (Atheneum, 1984; o.p.). 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
Wendy Pfeffer is the author of many science-oriented children's books, including From Tadpole to Frog and A Log's Life, which won the Giverny Award for Best Children's Science Picture Book.
This book is a little wordy, a little too much, but perhaps my children need to grow a little more. I've tucked it away for later. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brandy N.
Great way to learn more about the solstice and the way we celebrate the season.Published 7 months ago by cristiana
Perfect addition to our Winter Solstice tradition! After just one reading my 3 year old was telling people all about what leads up to the shortest day, the seasons and how the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by bingopjs
Both the Grandchildren and heir Dad loved the book, and Dad found it informative.Published 8 months ago by Rozzy - Sahuaros & pines
Nice explanation of the winter solstice. Plenty of facts presented and introduces stuff to talk about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jocelyn
I grew up loving christmas and as an adult became pagan! The winter solstice is my favorite holiday! I discovered this this past year and I had to have it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elizabeth Ewins