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Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Are there reasons for the seasons?It all starts with the sun. The sun shines on the Earth and keeps it warm.We have day and night because the Earth spins on its axis and we spend part of each day facing the sun and part of the day facing away from it. But why are days longer in the summer than in the winter? The answer to this question is explained through an experiment us ...more
Book + Cassette, Abridged, 32 pages
Published March 28th 1990 by HarperFestival (first published 1974)
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Ms. Yingling
This level 2 nonfiction picture book does a good job at introducing the concept of seasons. It discusses (with a few sentences and explanatory illustrations) topics like the earth's rotation, day and night, and why the seasons are different temperatures. Using the example of a pencil driven though an orange, they show children shining a flashlight on the orange while rotating it, to show the different seasons. How the seasons are different at the poles and at the equator is also addressed, as is ...more
Dec 07, 2016 Jillian rated it really liked it
What gives us the seasons? This book addresses the fact of the rotation of the Earth around the Sun and the results of this rotation. Featuring diagrams, key vocabulary and hands-on activities, this book brings science to life.

I enjoy this book because of its inclusion of activity and hands-on practices, allows the students to feel involved in the learning process. They are able to see how the earth rotates around the Sun, instead of just seeing it in images. The vocabulary addressed is also de
Apr 03, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, science
S2E2. Students will investigate the position of sun and moon to show patterns throughout the
a. Investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various
times of the day.
b. Determine how the shadows change through the day by making a shadow stick or
using a sundial.
c. Relate the length of the day and night to the change in seasons (for example: Days
are longer than the night in the summer.).
d. Use observations and charts to record the shape of the moon for
Most of this book was taken up with the experiment of simulating the earth's orbit around the sun with the tilt of the axis. We did the experiment but did not find the directions well-written to go with the illustrations (we used another book instead for a similar experiment). My kids did enjoy the juxtaposition of the poles and opposite sides of the earth to show differences in season, day/night, etc.
Laura Verret
Sunshine Makes the Seasons explains how the tilt of the Earth and its rotation cycle affects our seasons. Not only was this concept explained in simple, easy to understand phrases, it was also illustrated by a series of drawings.

Conclusion. Very, very good.

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Gloria Jones
Oct 02, 2013 Gloria Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
this book was a nice little book to read, the children i actually read it to enjoyed it, we took a walk around the building and found item that we thought went with what season, its fun and colorful. the book is pre k appropriate.

bring in items from different seasons and let the children discuss the difference in seasons.
Gaby Roman
I thought this book was great and I like the illustrations. They are simple but allow young students to understand how seasons happen. I would have my students do the sun and earth activity that is in my story. It allows studnets to see light reflect off a globe using a flash light. The indirect and direct sunlight allows them to see a visual on how the seasons happen.
Katie Jackson
Sep 18, 2011 Katie Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I like how the book shows an experiment for the reader. I like how it goes step by step to help the reader understand how the earth rotates and why the sun doesn't shine on only one side of the earth.
Ruth Ann
Sep 04, 2010 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, geography
A Let's-Read=And-Find-Out Science Stage 2 book. I liked the demonstration using an orange and a flashlight. Kids will be able to try this and thus by getting actively involved, they will construct a good understanding.
Mar 08, 2011 Teri rated it liked it
Shelves: seasons
Use this book as a jumping off point to do the orange and flashlight activity it describes--this is not a good cuddle up on the couch bedtime story.
Aug 13, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, science
44 months - love this series of intro science books. They always have simple hands on ways to grasp the book's concept. This one is especially good.
Ted Parsons
Jun 18, 2012 Ted Parsons rated it really liked it
Loved the book because of the content, which was the relationship between the sun and the seasons. It was clear, concise and very informative.
Jasmin Thompson
Apr 19, 2012 Jasmin Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Awesome book to teach children about the different phases of the moon, the seasons, the North Pole, South Pole, Equator. Children will learn how and why the seasons change.
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