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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press; Reprint edition (Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761302972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761302971
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Winter Solstice Presents facts and folklore about the shortest day of the year, a day that has been filled with magic since ancient times. Full description

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tigerlili on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
We love this series, beautiful artwork and nice informative texts. Brilliant addition to a season table or season book shelf.
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Buyer beware 22 Dec. 2001
By Bedawyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wish Amy's review had been posted before I purchased this; pagans should definitely take the time to read it carefully before buying this book as a gift. If sentences like "many people...thought that ghosts and witches and trolls wandered the Earth" and "just as we now do at Christmas" _don't_ set your teeth on edge, then hey, go for it. There is no discussion of modern multicultural solstice traditions outside of Christmas and Hanukkah and an emphasis on the 'dark and scary' aspects of old solstice beliefs that might be inappropriate for a child's introduction to the solstice. There's also an implicit attitude -- mild but noticeable, though unstated -- that we moderns are superior to those poor superstitious folk of the past. And the scientific explanation, while accurate, is misleadingly phrased. Still, the artwork and general design are excellent, the text is clear and simple without being dry, and the Cherokee tale at the end, explaining why some trees are evergreen, is very nice. I wouldn't recommend it as a first-and-only solstice book or for anyone who's unlikely to have more balanced sources of information readily available. But it could be worthwhile as one of a group of books or as a starting point for discussion.
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Not a celebration of the Solstice 9 Dec. 2007
By C. Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book thinking it would be a nice story for my son, who along with the rest of our extended family, celebrates the Winter Solstice. The book seemed to mock the traditions of this season. Especially of concern was how the book continues to refer to "Christmas" as a holiday "We" all celebrate.

I dont recommend this book for any family that observes the tradition of Solstice, as it isn't a respectful view of our tradition.
81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Not a wiccan friendly book 6 Dec. 2001
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had seen this book many times on-line yet hesitated to purchase it. After checking it out at the local library, I now understand my hesitation. I am a practicing Wiccan and thought this may be a good way to explain our family Yule celebrations to my son's kindergarten class. I was wrong. This book is inaccurate, disjointed and incomplete . It has a distinct "monotheistic writer attempting to appear enlightned" air about it. I am grateful that I didn't waste my money on it, although the waste of my time is inexcusable. Definately not a Pagan/Wiccan nature-based religion friendly read.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Great for Modern Pagans--Read Critically! 15 Dec. 2004
By Witchy Mama of 2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Though the book is written from a Judeo-Christian perspective, it is an excellent book for educating children about the many ways the winter solstice is celebrated throughout the world. Some Pagans have criticized the book for not representing modern Paganism; however, I feel it is unreasonable of Pagans to presume that Judeo-Christians even know of our faith, let alone to expect them to write about it as if it were the truth. I take it for what it is, a very well-written children's book that is exploring the multicultural aspect of the winter solstice festival. When I read it to my son and it said something like "ancient people once believed in ghosts, witches, and trolls . . . " I paused to explain to him that there are real ghosts (spirits) and real witches (people who perform witchcraft) and that I'd never seen a troll, but I wouldn't say they don't exist either! I'm teaching my child to be a critical reader. I personally feel that some of those who reviewed the book negatively don't know how to read critically! I hope any of you with children will consider picking up this book for them! It has very beautiful illustrations and a lovely Native American story at the end about why the evergreens stay green through winter! Definitely worth the purchase price!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great resource for teachers and parents 7 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, while useful to pagans and those with a new age perspective, is basically aimed at teachers and parents who want well-researched, accessible information about the origins of the winter solstice. THE WINTER SOLSTICE is balanced and appealing to kids. It was a Children's Choice selection in 1995 (International Reading Association). This means that a group of children selected this book as one their favorites. Year after year, THE WINTER SOLSTICE continues to broad appeal. I have used it in the classroom since 1995 and it is one of my favorite resources.
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