Vignettes with a touch of I Spy. Just lovely.

Summary:

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. 


Parent Perspective:
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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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. 

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Be aware, though, younger readers may not fully understand the concepts of time zones. 


Type of Book:
This picture book opens young readers' minds to the idea that when they are doing X someone else in the world is doing Y.
Educational Themes:

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. 

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The illustrations are gorgeous and you'll enjoy exploring the activities on each page.

Title At the Same Moment, Around the World
Author Clotilde Perrin
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2014
ISBN 9781452122083
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Cultures & Tradition, Geography
Cybils
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