The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-11-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings

" The illustrations are colorful and detailed. Good word choice. Figurative language. I enjoyed learning about the ancient beliefs of the sun's existence and the current celebrations. Lots of interesting facts. Great addition to the classroom library. " said.

" Great book good for kids explaining the changing of the seasons - and its history " said.

" This is a fairly interesting book about a day of the year that most people barely notice, but in ancient times held great significance. World customs from a variety of cultures are profiled, and there’s a crafts section at the conclusion. " said.

" Once I found out Wendy Pfeffer wrote nonfiction picture books for all seasons, I was eager to check them out. I really enjoyed We Gather Together and The Shortest Day. As with those two, A New Beginning and The Longest Day- in turn- provided some background about the spring equinox and summer solstice respectively as well as some cultural celebrations. Activities are included in the back of the books. " said.

"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 solstice, as well as both equinoxes." said.

"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 Wendy Pfeffer's books!

In The Longest Day, Pfeffer not only explains the science behind the solstice, but also gives examples of the ways in which people in different cultures around the world have celebrated the longest day. The examples are definitely Europe and North America Heavy. The examples break down by geographic area like this: Africa (1); Middle East (1); Europe (7); North America (4). Conspicuously absent from the book are South and East Asia as well as Central and South America. I think this is a serious drawback of the book, but it's nothing that couldn't be supplemented by parents themselves.

Another great thing about this book is that it ends with instructions for crafts kids can do that are inspired by the celebratory examples shown in the book. The combination of science, reverence, and activities makes this book really fantastic.
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" the perfect gift for the pagan family in your life. " said.

" 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 :-) " said.

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