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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: The author investigates and presents the history of time keeping. He covers everything from how the first clocks and calendars came into being to what Einstein contributed to the understanding of time. This is a nonfiction, illustrated chapter book that explores a history of keeping time.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself:10 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 10
Age of Child: Shared with a 9-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: I showed this book to my nephew to see if he'd be interested. He paged through it quickly and gave it back to me.
Adult Reader Reaction: The information in this book is excellent. However, I fear the illustrations in this chapter book will not draw a child into it.
Pros: Anyone looking for a primer on how time has been measured through the centuries will enjoy this book.
Cons: There is not a lot of "eye candy" to pull a child into the text.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This is a must-have for any school library. Mom or dad would be better served by checking it out of the library.
Educational Themes: The book can be used not only to better understand the concept of time, but also how it was used/thought of in history. There is plenty to contrast and compare about time as a measurement tool.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, math, time, history