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As the months change from January through to December, so do the seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter - each puts a new slant on the world around us. Most of us associate the seasons simply with changes in weather. The Complete Book of the Seasons does explain the science behind spring showers and summer Sun, but it also delves deeper to explore all aspects of the seasons and their effect on the natural and human world. The book looks at seasonal science and nature, how people have coped with the seasons in the past, and at special customs and festivals. It combines enchanting and atmospheric artwork with captivating and informative text. A companion volume to the beautifully illustrated and original The Complete Book of the Night, The Complete Book of the Seasons explains which birds build nests in spring, why we sweat in summer, how we can predict autumn's weather with a pinecone and where snow sculptures are made in winter. A truly comprehensive and global guide, this book studies the seasons across both hemispheres, investigates dry and monsoon seasons and explains why some parts of the Earth do not experience seasonal changes.;You can even find out about seasons on other planets! The spring, summer, autumn and winter chapters are carefully structured with sections on science and weather, flora and fauna, seasonal customs and history, sports and activities, and festivals. At the back of the book is a calendar that can be adapted to list the holidays, festivals, weather conditions and natural activity of a specific country. There is a comprehensive index.