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A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It: A Book about Time


The zany CATegorical cats introduce the measurement of time, from seconds, minutes, and hours up to decades. Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their winning teamwork to this playful, fun look at learning about time.

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The zany CATegorical cats introduce the measurement of time, from seconds, minutes, and hours up to decades. Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their winning teamwork to this playful, fun look at learning about time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Although the book's rhythm reads awkwardly, the concept of what measures time comes across well. Realistic examples of actual events like running bases or climbing stairs demonstrates 60 seconds while a lunch break can take up to one hour. Page 20-21 holds the best example of telling the readers about the number of days in certain months. Readers need to find all the kinds of measuring time including grandfather clocks, stop watches, calendars, and old fashioned time pieces. A variety of colors accent the vocabulary words associated with time and days, but I miss the glossary usually found in the back of books. I also feel that the numbers and days of week on page 26 can be hard to read. The vivid cartoon characters like the white rabbit running with a pocket watch and simple text make learning these ideas more fun. This book is part of the "Math is Categorical" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
Kirkus Reviews
Cleary and Gable's cool cats tackle the topic of time. "Time can be measured in seconds, in minutes, in days, or in weeks, months, or years / by watches or calendars, cell phones, computers, or clocks that ticktock with their gears." Beginning with seconds, Cleary tackles each of these time measurements (as well as hours and decades), describing the things that can be done in each--four rounds of the birthday song might take a minute, for instance, while "If you rode your bike or you skated an hour, your legs would sure have to be strong!"--and how they compare to the others, i.e., seven days in a week and 60 minutes in an hour. Some of these explanations are better than others, though; the description of the number of days in a month is scant, and only February is mentioned (as having 28 days, 29 every four years). Cleary's rhyming verses sometimes limp along, throwing off both meaning and rhythm to match the rhyme scheme. Gable's cats are as full of personality as ever, and there are humorous situations aplenty in his artwork, though time is quite a tricky concept to try to illustrate. Not as successful as some of their grammar and other math titles, still, this may help teachers put time in perspective. (Math picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822578833
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,073,006
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series, the Adventures in Memory™ series, the Sounds Like Reading® series, the Food Is CATegorical™ series, the Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, and the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, including Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?, How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? He is also the author of Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book, The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor, The Punctuation Station, Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes: And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Do You Know Dewey? Exploring the Dewey Decimal System. In addition to his work as a children's author, Mr. Cleary has served as a tutor in an adult literacy program. Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives with his children in Toronto, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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