Maire B Durkan Solstice Moon Solstice Sun

ISBN 13: 9780615662343

Solstice Moon Solstice Sun

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Solstice Moon Solstice Sun celebrates the wonder and beauty of the Winter Solstice, one of nature's great turning points. Little Owlet needs reassurance that balance will be restored and that light and warmth will return as the earth turns from the darkness of the longest night towards longer days and the promise of spring. A factual d explanation of the solstice follows the story.

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About the Author:

A Delaware Division of the Arts award recipient, Maire Durkan created Solstice Moon Solstice Sun as the first in a series on The Wheel of the Year. She hopes that parents and children will use these stories as springboards for their own adventures in nature. She has been a teacher, writer, editor, and journalist for over twenty-five years. Much of her writing is inspired by the beautiful woods and farmland of the Brandywine River Valley where she lives with her husband Patrick and five of their children.

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As an herbalist, I feel a deep connection to the changes in the landscape with the season's of the year. I love to find children's books that acknowledge these changes and also portray the beauty and mystery of the seasonal dance. Solstice Moon Solstice Sun illustrates that dance with the story of a young owl and it's mother as she explains the deeper meaning of winter's darkness and the lengthening of the days with the sun's returning... The creators state that Solstice Moon Solstice Sun fulfills a need for well written, beautifully illustrated stories that help children dream, wonder, explore, and love the natural beauty all around them even in the midst of a city. For what they love, they will fight to preserve and protect." I couldn't agree more. Too many of us are disconnected from our natural environments, both physically and phsychologically. Children, growing up in protected environments, surrounded by electronic devices, loose a connection to the tangible, aliveness of Nature that exists beyond their doors. We all owe every breath, every bit of food, clothing, shelter, heck even all our electronic devices to our living mother earth. Everything, including our very bodies, come from her. To recognize and honor that connection begins to fill a void in us, a longing for deeper meaning. When we allow our children to make that connection, they get it so quickly. And children who grow up understanding this connection will not so easily, so callously, destroy what they know in their hearts keeps them alive. I love the simplicity of this book, it's beauty and the shear delight in the wonder of the natural world. It is also one of very few children's books to weave in the old Yule story with the inclusion of the Holly King welcoming the babe who marks the return of the sun with the winter solstice. I look forward to adding this story to our special basket of winter books that I bring out every year. What a wonderful story to share with our children as we move again into the dark turning of our year. --April Coburn--Nettlejuice

This is one team, a mother and her daughter, that has completely inspired me. Marie and Ellen began their work together two years ago to make a dream of theirs come true...to bring their vision of a book close to their heart into fruition. --Lisa DeNardo--Earthmama

Ooh! I LOVE this! I was just searching for books about solstice to add to our advent book collection. I cannot wait to add this book to our line up and watch my boys faces as we read this in December. --Annielauri-via Earthmama

This is one team, a mother and her daughter, that has completely inspired me. Marie and Ellen began their work together two years ago to make a dream of theirs come true...to bring their vision of a book close to their heart into fruition. --Lisa DeNardo--Earthmama

Ooh! I LOVE this! I was just searching for books about solstice to add to our advent book collection. I cannot wait to add this book to our line up and watch my boys faces as we read this in December. --Annielauri-via Earthmama

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