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The Shortest Day

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Did you know December 21 (or 22) is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere?

Young children enjoy stories about how a range of cultures have recognized the winter solstice throughout history. "Mistletoe and holly hung in their homes because plants that survived the harsh winter were symbols of life."

The sun's changing position in the sky is easy to perceive just before and after a solstice. "In China, over 3,000 years ago, astronomers measured shadows to determine the shortest day."

Hands-on projects and further resources will interest older readers. Paperback, 38 pages. Ages 4+.

Also in this series is We Gather Together (C51) which describes the fall equinox.
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