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If You Were a Minute

If You Were a Minute

by Trisha Speed Shaskan, Francesca Carabelli (Foreword by)
If you were a minute, you would measure time. You could wake people up, end a race, or bake a tasty pizza. What else could you do if you were a minute?


If you were a minute, you would measure time. You could wake people up, end a race, or bake a tasty pizza. What else could you do if you were a minute?

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Children's Literature - Jane Singleton Paul
The notion of time—that seemingly unidirectional flow of existence and events from past to present to future—is a daunting subject for philosophy professors to teach, so what happens when the target audience is kids? Trisha Speed Shaskan does a fine job of breaking down the notion of time for young children, despite the difficulty of the task. The minute is on display in this nonfiction book from the series "Math Fun." Shaskan begins with defining it as a unit used to measure time, a period equal to sixty seconds. She continues by asking the reader to pretend to be such a unit, and then to imagine what one can do in one minute. The examples that follow are immediately recognizable and relevant to first graders and older. Wash hands. Sing the alphabet three times. Tie one's shoes. Once the idea of a minute is established, Shaskan follows up with seconds. If you can do sixty jumping jacks in one minute, that is one jumping jack per second! Next, we encounter clocks, both analog and digital, and we even have to face the alarm clock! At school, schedules with varying amounts of minutes define our day. How long does a math lesson last? What about recess or lunch? Minutes are everywhere, whether we are running track, swimming laps, gauging travel time, or cooking. One fun example is the time needed for ordering a pizza (it arrives in thirty minutes), as opposed to making one's own (this takes an hour)! Whether it is go-to-sleep time or wake-up time, little ones must grow up fast and time is imposed upon them as it is imposed upon us all. But learning about it in such a playful and delightfully illustrated book makes the bitter pill easier to swallow! A practical aspect is the lastpage where one finds a glossary which includes such terms as analog, digital, hour, minute, and second, as well as an index, a list of related books and websites, and the names of all the books in the "Math Fun" series. Reviewer: Jane Singleton Paul

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Math Fun Series
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a girl, she wanted to become a superhero. Her mother gave her a Wonder Woman costume. Her dad crafted her a tiara and bracelets out of metal to match. Trisha imagined she could fight evil, fly an invisible airplane, and get anyone to tell the truth. While she didn’t grow up to be Wonder Woman, she still uses her imagination to write stories and to teach creative writing. Trisha has taught creative writing to children and adults for thirteen years. She has published 26 books for children, and more are forthcoming. She has an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Trisha currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen, and their cat, Eartha, named after Eartha Kitt, famous for her role as Catwoman.

I always thought of books like a treasure chest, and the illustrations, like windows to look inside. My mother says, I was born with a pencil in hand...my left hand. I drew before I was able to speak. When I was eight years old, we moved into a new home, a big one. Our hobbies-room in this new home was so white that I had an idea. I decided to make it more colorful and I filled the walls with my characters. The ceiling was the only place that was not touched by my pencils. This was the beginning of my artist's freelance career. Since then, my funny characters have stayed with me everywhere, at grade school first, then at University in Rome where I studied Art and Literature. Now, the characters share the attic where I work, with me and my sweet black dog, Luna.

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