The Shortest Day

bySusan CooperIllustratorCarson Ellis

October 22, 2019|
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
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In this seasonal treasure, Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice, illuminated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis’s strikingly resonant illustrations.

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 illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, 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!
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 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 ...
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Title:The Shortest Day
Format:Picture Books
Product dimensions:32 pages, 10.69 X 9.44 X 0.36 in
Shipping dimensions:32 pages, 10.69 X 9.44 X 0.36 in
Published:October 22, 2019
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780763686987

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