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The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Grade 1–4—From the traditions of the Chumash Indians of California, to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel of Wyoming and the Polar Bear Swim of Nome, Alaska, this book introduces the celebrations and traditions surrounding the longest day of the year. It tells about the observance of Midsummer's long hours of sunlight, noted in folktales and mythology from ancient times to the present. Colorful cartoon figures in watercolor-washed spreads celebrate in locations from Europe to North America, and a diagram of the shaded positions of the Earth in relation to the Sun gives readers a view of seasonal changes. The text introduces both tradition and some science. A companion to Pfeffer's The Shortest Day (2003), We Gather Together (2006), and A New Beginning (2008, all Dutton), the book concludes with "solstice facts" and crafts. Thirteen celebrations of the sun are included with basic information—just enough to interest young children.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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Like The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice (2003), this fourth book in the collaborators' series about the seasons blends science and social studies. The simple free verse discusses historical solar rituals, including those that honored the Egyptians' sun god, Ra, and the ancient Greek sun god, Apollo. Then there are celebrations today, including the Midnight Sun Festival in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for more than 22 hours on the longest day of the year. The open, bright spreads will appeal to younger kids, while independent readers can move on to the suggested resources. A final section offers instructions for two projects. Grades 1-3. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Which brings me to this book. This series offers a lot of information about the historical and current celebrations connected to each season. There are ideas for crafts or ways to celebrate listed in the back, as well as additional links for further information for parents. We've supplemented our seasonal celebrations heavily from these books and I'm very grateful to have the information in one, condensed place.
My kids also love this series. Fun, short little stories covering a wide range religions, cultures, and periods.
I like the illustrations and the facts but it does not have rhyming words or anything memorable. This book is more for a child who like the academics rather the one who enjoys a good book.
However, I think this book does have value in the classroom. I would feel very happy to have a copy of this book no display in the book center. This book can be used to help give the children ideas as well as research on a summer solstice project. This book is a little dry to read to most children as recreational book.