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Secrets of the Seasons : Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and Priscilla Lamont


Overview - The family from Secrets of the Garden are back in a new book about backyard science that explains why the seasons change.
Alice and her friend Zack explore the reasons for the seasons. Alice's narrative is all about noticing the changes as fall turns into winter, spring, and then summer.
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Overview
The family from Secrets of the Garden are back in a new book about backyard science that explains why the seasons change.
Alice and her friend Zack explore the reasons for the seasons. Alice's narrative is all about noticing the changes as fall turns into winter, spring, and then summer. She explains how the earth's yearlong journey around the sun, combined with the tilt in the earth's axis, makes the seasons happen.
Alice's text is clear and simple, and experiential. Two very helpful--and very funny--chickens give more science details and further explanation through charts, diagrams, and sidebars.
Packed with sensory details, humor, and solid science, this book makes a complicated concept completely clear for young readers--and also for the many parents who struggle to answer their kids' questions
-Several adults of my acquaintance . . . would find Secrets of the Seasons to be an eye-popping revelation.- --John Lithgow, The New York Times Book Review

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780517709948
  • ISBN-10: 0517709945
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science & Technology

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-02-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this companion to 2012’s Secrets of the Garden, Alice’s friend Zach notices that the days are getting shorter, leading into a yearlong exploration of the changes that the seasons bring. Zoehfeld makes Alice’s narration and the characters’ conversations feel especially real and even poetic (“I guess summer’s really over now,” says Alice on a late September day when the grass is too cold for bare feet). Meanwhile, scholarly chickens Maisy and Daisy again offer detailed scientific background, this time about the Earth’s rotation and orbit, migration, hibernation, and more, aided by illustrations and charts. Lamont’s detailed pen-and-watercolor illustrations help maintain the book’s blend of informative fun, while hinting at the vastness of the universe as seen through the portal of one’s own backyard. Ages 5–8. (Apr.)

 
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