Monday, June 22, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: The Time Book

The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks, written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Richard Holland, takes a subject we all take for granted and answers some questions we've probably all thought about at one time or another, but never really searched for an answer for.

Looking at questions such as what time actually is, when did we start keeping track of it, and why is it measured in the manner it is, and why February is such an odd month, the reader gets a whole new perspective on something we've always just had around. Really, a cool concept for a book, and one your kids are going to enjoy.

The illustrations are of mixed-media, which is always interesting, and although the text is done in a fixed chapter form, the writing is clear, concise, and almost conversational, rather than dull. I do wish the authors had broken up the text more within the pictures, as I felt it rather blocky and unappealing on the page, but the actual information given was fantastic.

This would be a really nice pairing with a homeschooling unit on time (or regular school unit of course).

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks
Martin Jenkins
64 pages
May 2009

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