The Longest Day: Celebrating The Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer, Linda Bleck (illustrator)
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 from various cultures around the world. Teachers and students alike will treasure the varied and accessible knowledge, and activities in the back let everyone in on the festivities.
This is a great book about midsummer; the summer Solstice and traditions old and new from different cultures on celebrating the longest day of the year. This little book is packed with fun. There are even activities and crafts in the back!
There is a great illustration on why the season change and what creates Summer.
It also brings in myths like Ra, Apollo and Shanash = all sun gods and why they were celebrated. It also goes into ways cultures measured the sun so they knew when the sun was at it’s highest like the Greeks and a obelisk and the Chumash Indians had an opening in the ceiling in a cave- or world famous, Stonehenge in England.
A fun read that serves up a good lesson.