Reviews for Why Is It Winter?

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
This series, which focuses on climates where one season differs dramatically from another, is abundantly illustrated with engaging color photographs. The pages are wide-open, owing as much to a paucity of detail in the text as to aesthetics. Nevertheless, readers will glean basic information about the featured season. An experiment raises questions but doesn't provide answers. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these Why Do We Have Seasons? titles: Why Is It Fall?. Why Is It Spring?, Why Is It Summer?, and Why Is It Winter?.]

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 November/December
Each season is highlighted in one of these four books, and all are formatted in the same manner. The books take a scientific approach as to why the seasons take place and explain in detail how the earth revolves around the sun and at which stage the particular season will occur. The series also shares what happens to animals and plants, as well as what activities people can participate in. Colorful photos of animals, people, and landscapes are included, appealing for young readers. There are experiments the reader can do that pertain to the season, and also included are additional resources that provide more information for further research. Tricia Grady, Franklin (Indiana) Community Schools. RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 April

K-Gr 4--With glossaries at the beginning, simple narratives, and plenty of color photos of nature and children at play, this series distinguishes itself from similar sets. In each volume, a diagram explains the Earth's rotation and tilt and how that creates the seasons. The titles then go on to explain how different seasons affect animal behaviors, the rudiments of plant photosynthesis, and other salient aspects of the natural world. Words of interest are highlighted throughout and defined in the glossaries, and diagrams clarify weightier concepts. The photos, though kid-pleasing, are sporadically captioned and sometimes only vaguely relevant to the texts. Experiments at the end guarantee reader engagement. Spring, for example, invites students to measure their shadows over the course of a day.

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