Grade 3-4-This picture book does a solid job of explaining various early peoples' attitudes about the winter solstice and related rituals and traditions. Included are the Celtics, Romans, and Native Americans (among others). The information is well presented and flows evenly. The strongest part of the text is the discussion of which aspects of these ancient traditions are celebrated today and why. The book ends with a Cherokee folktale on the creation of the seasons. The attractive, double-page, full-color illustrations enhance the text. A good choice for libraries needing material on the subject.
Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 2-4. In picture-book format, this introduces the winter solstice customs and beliefs of the ancient Britons, Scandinavians, Romans, and Peruvians, as well as certain Native American sun ceremonies. Jackson also explains how to demonstrate the earth's tilt using an orange and a flashlight; she connects ancient solstice practices to modern customs associated with Christmas and Hanukkah, and she ends the book with an adaptation of a Cherokee creation tale. Teachers will value the book's multicultural approach as well as its simple, readable text and attractive watercolor illustrations. While the introduction to the science of solstice could be fuller and the accompanying illustrations much more precise, the book definitely fills a niche. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Kind of creepy stories for young children. Human sacrifice and such. For older kids, maybe.Published 5 months ago by pennie
Informative and interesting. Good read aloud for my 6 year old gnome just learning about Solstice. We enjoyed the scientific, cultural and folkloric connections.Published 8 months ago by antonio acocella
This book was perfect to go along with our discussion of the winter soltice in science and beliefs around the world for social studies. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sarah Wilder
This is a great book for children who can read and for children who have secular families. This is my second copy (my first was destroyed by my two year old). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book deserves 5 stars and is for children and adults alike. I read this book a couple of times and then read it to a study group who found it as fascinating as I did. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Frances R. Lord
We ordered this book as a Winter Solstice gift for our son. We thought it would be a great way to teach about the various solstice traditions over the ages... Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by L. Pink
This one is made for youngsters who are just understanding seasons. I hoped there would be more anthropological/social commentary in the book. That wasn't the case... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Dick B. Cooper
This is a little too detailed for my 3 year old, but I think will be great by age 4/5. With engaging illustrations it discusses the winter celebrations of many people through... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Rebecca