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The Shortest Day

Susan Cooper Carson Ellis

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Walker Books
05 November 2020
Children's & Educational; Picture storybooks
So the shortest day came, and the year died...

As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again...

Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper's poem The Shortest Day captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before - and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illuminated by Carson Ellis, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!
By:   Susan Cooper
Illustrated by:   Carson Ellis
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 261mm,  Spine: 4mm
Weight:   170g
ISBN:   9781406394191
ISBN 10:   140639419X
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   05 November 2020
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susan Cooper wrote The Shortest Day for John Langstaff's Christmas Revels, where it is performed annually across the country. She is the author of the classic five-volume fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising, which includes the Newbery Medal winner The Grey King, as well as many other books for children and adults. She lives on a salt-marsh island in Massachusetts, USA. Carson Ellis is the creator of the New York Times bestseller Home and the Caldecott Honor Book Du Iz Tak? She is also the illustrator of The Composer Is Dead, written by Lemony Snicket, and Dillweed's Revenge, written by Florence Parry Heide. She also collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the bestselling Wildwood series, and created the art for the albums of his band, The Decemberists. Carson lives with her family outside Portland, USA. Find her online at carsonellis.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @carsonellis.

Reviews for The Shortest Day

Cooper's poem is transformed into a highly atmospheric picture book thanks to Ellis' illuminating art. A celebration of winter and the return of light, for readers of any or no faith. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller *


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