Monday, April 11, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: While You Are Sleeping

Teaching children about different time zones could be a lot of fun, as this book illustrates. I mean, how cool is it to imagine that while you're sitting at a desk in school, another child may be fast asleep at home or vice versa? 

Using bright illustrations and very simple text, the reader is able to get a look into what life is like in different parts of the world. At 10pm in Alaska, a child is reading a bedtime story, while all the way in Nigeria, it is 9am and a child is getting dressed for their day. While you are waving goodbye to friends in Japan at 5pm, someone in Mexico is fast asleep at 2am. Fun!

Each page features a small map featuring the first country mentioned and the time of day, as well as a lift-the-flap of a visual and a clock featuring the time in the other country. The very last pages include a world map and a small block of text explaining time zones and how they work. Interactive and beautifully illustrated! 

Great for classroom or homeschooling!

While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World
Durga Bernhard
24 pages
February 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

6 comments: said...

Such a wonderful concept! We've learned a lot about time zones lately with my husband traveling to China for business...15 hours ahead!!! Thanks for bringing this book to our attention.

Books for Learning said...

I love flap books. This one looks great. Unfortunately, it is not at my local library yet. Hopefully it will be soon. Thanks for sharing.

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Tammy Flanders said...

Thanks for this recommendation. I can see good classroom connections and will look into it to add to the Doucette Library's collection.

Peaceful Reader said...

I love flap books also but they are hard to maintain in the library. The flaps often get ripped. Maybe I could order it as a teacher resource...the idea is great!