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The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
In this fourth and final book in the series about seasons, Wendy Pfeffer turns her attention to summer, when butterflies emerge from silky cocoons and daylight hours stretch longer and longer. With lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, The Longest Day takes us on a journey through the history and science behind the summer solstice, with a focus on summer celebrations fr...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
(first published 2010)
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I love this book and the series is belongs with (the Winter solstice and the spring & Fall equinox). The illustrations are beautiful and it does a wonderful job simply explaining the science behind the solstice. I also really enjoy the fact that it tells kids about how other countries and religious beliefs celebrate the summer solstice- both in ancient times and modern day. I really love this series and think that eventually I will purchase the set :-)
Apr 13, 2014 Kathleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
I am always on the look-out for children's books that would be useful for Pagan parents. Usually, the books I find fit into one of two camps: either they'd be useful for polytheists who want to teach children about Paganism through the lens of the gods, or they're general science books that could be repurposed to teach kids reverence for nature. Rarely do I find books that would be useful for naturalist/humanist/UU pagans (which is really more my wheelhouse). And so I am so excited to have found...more
A wonderful book for young children with bright appealing pictures. It explains what the summer solstice is, both in terms of planetary mechanics and its significance in human culture, from ancient times to the present. I like the global scope (thought it is written from a northern hemisphere perspective —June is mentioned, not December). There are four craft projects at the end. This book is very similar to The Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson. Wendy Pfeffer also has books about the other solst...more
Wendy Pfeffer is an award winning author of many children’s books. A former teacher and nursery school director, Mrs. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, New Jersey. In addition to writing, she continues to teach writing and visit schools to share her work.More about Wendy Pfeffer...