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Something new for the vernal equinox

While ordering our favorite children’s Spring solstice book — Ellen Jackson’s The Spring Equinox: Celebrating the Greening of the Earth — I noticed that another favorite seasonal author, Wendy Pfeffer, has a new book out this year, A New Beginning, illustrated by Linda Bleck (January 2008, Dutton). It’s on order throughout our library system; you might have better luck and find it already on the shelves at yours.

Seasonal offerings from Wendy Pfeffer:

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, illustrated by Linda Bleck

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice, illustrated by Jesse Reisch

and, coming soon (according to Ms. Pfeffer’s website), The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Seasonal offerings from Ellen Jackson:

The Summer Solstice, illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest, illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

The Winter Solstice, illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Seasonal offerings (poems and paintings) from Douglas Florian:




Winter Eyes


3 Responses

  1. Hey there! We just got the Wendy Pfeffer book – it’s wonderful – I like how she gives the history of the spring traditions and ties a lot of them together – it’s very interesting, and I love how connected to the far distant past we can be without even realizing it!

    I hope it’s warmer where you are – it sure isn’t here… sigh…

    Be well :)

  2. So glad to hear such a glowing report about the new book, Penny — thanks!

    We should end up just above freezing today, which is “seasonal” as the radio announcer says…

  3. I just found something on the “autumn” storm. It is interesting how some journalists use the technical sense of “autumn”…meaning until Dec 21st. http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/autumn-snow-storm-in-mid-december-in-nyc/

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