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The Reasons for Seasons Paperback – March 1, 1996
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PreS-Gr 2—Gibbons has a knack for concisely condensing complex science concepts. Here, she breaks down the seasons, solstices, and equinoxes, as well as how living creatures behave in relation to the seasons. Chris Lutkin reads efficiently and with precise elocution. However, those trying to pair the recording with the printed book (Holiday House, 1995) will find that the recording doesn't always match the book's text word for word and that the narrator intermixes the captions with the text. In some parts, it's a challenge even for experienced readers to follow how his narration moves around the page. Additionally, the simplicity of the scientific illustrations and surprising lack of diversity—residents of the tropical regions along the equator are depicted with light gray skin—in the print book add little to the text. Unremarkable music ebbs and flows amid the narration, supported by basic sound effects: blowing wind, buzzy snoring, falling rain. VERDICT This is introductory information presented in utilitarian fashion, but it does its job. ["Gibbons seems to know just what teachers need to fill that open niche in their curriculum plans": SLJ 5/95 review of the Holiday House book.]—Jennifer Verbrugge, Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services, Roseville --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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 Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for introducing the reasons for the seasons, even for grade 5.Published 5 months ago by Debbie P.
Gail Gibbons is always spot on.. Great book to teach seasons. Although it was a little more information needed for my 1st grade class it was still a good resources!Published 7 months ago by Charlotte Emmerling