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Secrets of the Seasons: Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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Gr 1–3—Young readers-guided by good friends Alice and Zack and the highly educated chickens Maisy and Daisy-will discover not only the outward manifestations of the changing seasons but also why they occur. While the children observe what is happening in their backyard, the chickens offer scientific explanations. The tilting of the Earth's axis, the rotation of the Earth around the sun, and the responses of plants and animals to these changes are clearly and simply explained. Maps and diagrams help to define complicated concepts. The book will be of interest to both children studying climate and weather in the classroom and those curious about the world around them. Charming, full-color illustrations and dialogue balloons enhance the solid information.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
In this sequel to Secrets of the Garden (2012), Zack looks out from his friend Alice’s tree house and observes that the sun now sets earlier than it did a few weeks ago. As narrator, Alice reflects on the earth’s rotation and tilt, and, as the seasons change, she observes the wildlife in her backyard. Lamont’s vivid ink-and-watercolor artwork gracefully illustrates the easygoing, informative text. There’s a good deal of information here, but the attractive diagrams help make the science more understandable. Like its predecessor in the Secrets series, this picture book may be classified as fiction, but it makes a fine addition to nonfiction collections. Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan