Monday, October 17, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: Just a Second

Woohoo! A new book from Steve Jenkins! In the non-fiction world, he's one of my favorites, combining really cool, unique illustrations and facts kids love. Short, to the point, fun, and educational...the best combo for a successful non-fiction book for kids, in my opinion. 

This one, as the subtitle suggests, looks at time in a different way. Listing different things that happen in one second, one minute, one hour, etc., we get little fact tidbits relating to animals, insects, population, and more. My favorite fact? "In one hour, feeding on its mother's milk, a baby blue whale gains almost ten pounds." IN ONE HOUR. Ten pounds people! Isn't that crazy?! 

The page layout is readable and visually intriguing and the extras in the back, like the chart of Earth's Human Population and the timeline of different animal Life Spans add a cool factor to the informational aspects. 

Steve Jenkins has yet to disappoint me! I would highly recommend checking this out for your library or homeschool shelves. 

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Just A Second: A Different Way to Look at Time
Steve Jenkins
40 pages
Houghton Mifflin
October 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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