Friday, July 17, 2020

The reason for the seasons by Ellie Peterson

Peterson previously published a book in the Joulia Copernicus series with Kane Press, explaining the history and science behind our understanding of how the earth is round. This second title focuses on why we have seasons and was published by Boyds Mills. I hope they pick up the series and more come out, b/c this was a great title.

Joulia (white with brown hair) illustrates the author's points as she introduces the classic four seasons and delves into the science behind seasonal changes. The author debunks thinking like the earth being farther from the sun during winter or the rotation of the earth being responsible.

With cartoon drawing and simple, clear language, Peterson explains how the movement of the earth is responsible for the seasons, with Joulia demonstrating with a spotlight on a stage, showing how her shadow changes, and comparing the seasons across the globe.

Back matter includes a science experiment for readers to do that demonstrates the movement of the earth and explains a little more about the theories of Johannes Kepler and how they caused the confused thinking around the seasons.

Verdict: This is an ideal choice for classroom or home study about the seasons; the cartoons add a fun dimension and the experiments and concepts are clearly explained and easy to duplicate. It will be of most use in places with the traditional four seasons, since that's the focus, although places with other seasons are mentioned as well. Recommended.

ISBN: 9781635921366; Published February 2020 by Boyds Mills; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for the library

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