When you are getting ready for breakfast, someone else is in another part of the world is getting ready for lunch, and yet another person is getting ready for bed. Short vignettes illustrate "simultaneous' events in other parts of the world, introducing readers to different places and traditions. Each short story prompts readers to explore the activities on the page.
The illustrations are gorgeous and captivating. I love that it isn't shaped like every other picture book, too. The palette is soothing and there is plenty to explore on every spread. I like that the person in each place has a name. That's important to kids. Because there is a lot of redundant text, having individual identities helps distinguish the content for them. The fold-out map at the end also helps!
To be honest, I wouldn't read the book, I'd "read" this by looking at the activity on the page and asking my child what they see and create mini-stories based on that. That said, young readers will enjoy looking for the event that the short text provides.
Definitely, definitely borrow this book. It is best suited for third grade and up because of the concepts of time zones.
A soothing color palette and lovely illustrations invite readers to explore what other children are doing around the world, where the time of day is different from theirs.
None. Be aware, though, younger readers may not fully understand the concepts of time zones.
This picture book opens young readers' minds to the idea that when they are doing X someone else in the world is doing Y.
The emphasis of the story is timezones and tracking how time is "represented" across the globe in a 24-hour period. There is informational material at the back to help explain the concept and history of Greenwich Mean Time.
That said, the more interesting element to the book is the stories about children in different places in the world. Kids are introduced to different customs, ecology, habitats, and jobs around the world.
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Borrow. The illustrations are gorgeous and you'll enjoy exploring the activities on each page.