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The shortest day : celebrating the winter solstice /
Wendy Pfeffer ; illustrated by Jesse Reisch.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2003.
description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0525469680
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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    Curriculum Resources
    394.261 P524S
    Browse Shelf Note ▼
    3RD FLOOR; borrowing restricted to OISE students, faculty and staff
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imprint
New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2003.
isbn
0525469680
abstract
Describes how and why daylight grows shorter as winter approaches, the effect of shorter days on animals and people, and how the winter solstice has been celebrated throughout history. Includes activities.
catalogue key
5286792
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Horn Book Magazine,
Kirkus Reviews,
School Library Journal, September 2003
Horn Book Guide, April 2004
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Summaries
Library of Congress Summary
Describes how and why daylight grows shorter as winter approaches, the effect of shorter days on animals and people, and how the winter solstice has been celebrated throughout history. Includes activities.
Main Description
The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home, and a further-reading list are included. Illustrated by Jesse Reisch.
Unpaid Annotation
The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home, and a further-reading list are included.
Unpaid Annotation
The Shortest Day examines how the winter solstice has been observed in various cultures throughout history.

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