The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer
I'm kind of cheating as time is a little against me today - so the following description is from Amazon (sorry!). It does sum it up perfectly though.
"The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again.
In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home, and a further-reading list are included."
A lovely book with things to do and learn, it's waiting for me now with a lovely warm cup of hot chocolate.
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