by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

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Turn the page. Clap your hands. What else can you do in a second? Learn how to read and make the most out of this unit of time.


Turn the page. Clap your hands. What else can you do in a second? Learn how to read and make the most out of this unit of time.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Author Kimberly Hutmacher presents the concept of a second as a unit of time in brief, rhyming text. Some clocks have three hands. The second hand is the fastest. It goes all the way around the clock in 60 seconds. Examples of how the reader might pass a second include: clap your hands, stomp your feet, snap your fingers, drum a beat, sneeze, kick a ball, tap a shoe, swing a bat, switch a channel, pet a cat, turn a page, pop a bubble, and wink an eye. Colorful photographs featuring attractive children from a variety of ethnic groups appear on the left side of each spread, while the text is displayed in large font on the right. A note to parents and teachers states that the "It's About Time" series supports national mathematics standards related to measurement and data. Includes a table of contents, a glossary, a bibliography, the URL of a recommended website, and an index. This provides a good introduction to the concept of a second of time for young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—These rhyming volumes do not teach students how to tell time; rather, they try to help them understand the abstract concept. The books begin by asking what a second, minute, or hour is and go on to explain more about the subject. Each spread contains a clear color photo on the left and a four-line rhyme on the right, which can sometimes be awkward. For example, "Digital clocks have no hands./Only numbers in a line./Minutes come after the colon./Now we can tell the time!" Analog and digital clocks are briefly covered, and remaining pages are devoted to examples of how long a second, minute, or hour is, such as a second passes when "You clap your hands./Stomp your feet./Snap your fingers./Drum a beat." A few examples are questionable (e.g., Minutes states children can "Practice math" in a minute), but overall they will provide fodder for classroom discussion.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
It's about Time Series
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.30(d)
130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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