Secrets of the Seasons: Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard.pdf
KATHLEEN WEIDNER ZOEHFELD was a children's book editor for more than 10 years before becoming a full-time writer. She has published more than 60 books for children, most about animals and natural history.
PRISCILLA LAMONT has illustrated dozens of books, including Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and Food Webs in Our Backyard, also by Kathleen Zoehfeld. Whether drawing human or animal characters, Priscilla always likes to include some humor.
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!