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The Shortest Day

Written by Susan Cooper

Illustrated by Carson Ellis

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The Shortest Day Review

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Newbery Medallist Cooper's beautiful poem is celebrated in this stunning picture book richly complemented by Carson's illustrations. All about Winter and "driving the dark away” as one year ends and another begins.

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... 


The Shortest Day Synopsis

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!

The Shortest Day Press Reviews

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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ISBN: 9781406394191
Publication date: 05/11/2020
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406394191
Publication date: 5th November 2020
Author: Susan Cooper
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Susan Cooper

Born in England, Susan Cooper was a reporter and feature writer for the London Sunday Times before coming to live in the United States. Her television screenplays for adults have received two Writers Guild Awards and two Emmy nominations. Susan Cooper lives in Connecticut with her actor husband, Hume Cronyn.

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