Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
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February 02, 2016
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The sun shines down on us, giving warmth and light. But did you know that the sun also makes the seasons? As the earth makes one complete rotation around the sun every year, the seasons on the earth change—from winter to spring to summer to fall and back to winter again. Find out how the light from the sun affects life on the earth for all living things in this look at the only star in our solar system.

Now rebranded with a new cover look, this book features content-rich vocabulary, fascinating side bars and diagrams by bestselling illustrator Michael Rex, and a find out more section with a simple experiment that allows kids to make their own orbiting model with an orange and a pencil. The author, Franklyn M. Branley, was the author of over 150 science books for children and Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History–Hayden Planetarium. The text and art were vetted for accuracy by an expert in the field.

This is a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science title, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

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Why do we have seasons?
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This level 2 nonfiction picture book does a good job at introducing the concept of seasons. It discusses (with a few sentences and explanatory illustrations) topics like the earth's rotation, day and night, and why the seasons are different temperatures. Using the example of a pencil driven though an orange, they show children shining a flashlight on the orange while rotating it, to show the different seasons. How the seasons are different at the poles and at the equator is also addressed, as is the difference between the northern and southern hemispheres. There is a list of interesting facts at the end of the book.
Good Points
The new illustrations by Michael Rex will appeal to the fans of his fiction work. They are bright and clearly show the concepts being covered, with occasional touches of humor.

The text is written at an appropriate level, and the concepts are reinforced through out the book. Younger children may still need help interpreting the information, but older readers will come away from the book with a basic understanding of what makes the seasons change.

While this book would be very useful for read aloud in a wide range of classrooms, it is also a good choice to offer readers who have questions about the world around them or just want a break from stories. There are many titles in the "Science: Let's Read and Find Out" series, and readers who like to look at the pictures in the Dorling-Kindersley Eyewitness books will be glad to find science books written at a level where they can understand the information.
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