A lot happens in a day! As Earth completes one spin, we sleep, eat, work, and play. Find out more in How Long Is a Day?
Children's Literature - Keri Collins LewisEach night while the reader sleeps, a new day begins at midnight. A day is a building block for a week and a year, and people keep track of these days, weeks, and years on a calendar. A part of "The Calendar" series, these texts discuss time-related science and social studies topics and put them into terms young children can understand. In this book, simple text paired with specifically chosen vocabulary wordssuch as midnight, noon, morning and nightintroduce important references to mathematical concepts as students learn to tell time. With full-page, full-color photographs and illustrations, this title explains how the earth spins around the sun to create both day and night. Pictures of a playground in daylight and then again in the dark effectively show what the same place looks like when it is facing the sun and then when it is facing away from the sun as the Earth spins. Clark uses concrete examples of daytime activities, such as eating breakfast and going to school in the morning and coming home from school in the afternoon, to give children a sense of the passing of time. She also briefly discusses celebrations that last a day, such as birthdays. A note to parents and teachers on the copyright page explains that early readers may need help reading some words and using the text's typical non-fiction text features, such as the table of contents, glossary, and index. Backmatter includes a short list of related books and directions to the FactHound website for more information related to the book. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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