Penned for a theatrical production and fizzing with Cooper’s characteristic lyrical panache, The Shortest Day takes inspiration from ancient yuletide rituals to create a magical tale of celebration and rebirth. Adorned with stunning illustrations from Carson Ellis, this beautiful volume is a heart-warming reminder of traditional custom and the wonders of the universe.
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!
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 385 g
Dimensions: 236 x 266 x 8 mm
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