"Sunshine Makes the Seasons"

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


Book: Sunshine Makes the Seasons

Author: Franklyn M. Branley

Illustrator: Michael Rex

Publisher: HarperCollins, republished in 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0060592059

ISBN-10: 0060592052

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Reading level: Ages 5 and up

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Branley, Franklyn MSunshine Makes the Seasons (published in 1974 by HarperCollins).  We purchased a few of the “Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out” Science books, such as Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley, and found them very helpful, so we checked many more out of the library.  Everyone knows that the sun shines down on us, giving warmth and light.  But did you know that the sun also makes the seasons?  In this level 2 book about the only star in our solar system, youngsters will learn that 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, and will find out how the light from the sun affects life on the earth for all living things.  The concept of how seasons changes is presented in a manner for second or third grader to comprehend easily. The additional resource information provided at the back of the book is also a helpful tool.  The book was reissued in 1986 with new illustrations.

The colorful illustrations and clear easy-to-read text will help elementary age students understand the causes of seasonal changes.  A simply stated and carefully illustrated experiment using an orange, a pencil, and a flashlight which will enable children actually to see the differences on earth caused by the tilt of the earth as it rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun is particularly useful.  They can see why they have to go to bed when it is so bright outside in the summertime.   Franklyn M. Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium. In 1960, he originated the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and was the author of over 150 science books for children.  Similar books by Branley include What Makes Day and Night and The Moon Seems to Change.  These are great science books for school kids because they use familiar examples to introduce basic scientific concepts in a simple but fun way.

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