Somewhere in the World Right Now

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School Library Journal called Stacey Schuett's stunning authorial debut "a book that is perfect for sparking an interest in geography, emphasizing the amazing concept that at the same moment we are getting ready to sleep, other people are starting a new day." And in a starred review, Publishers Weekly added, "Schuett proves as nimble with words as with a paintbrush."  It's a good-night wish that circles the globe.  

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Overview

School Library Journal called Stacey Schuett's stunning authorial debut "a book that is perfect for sparking an interest in geography, emphasizing the amazing concept that at the same moment we are getting ready to sleep, other people are starting a new day." And in a starred review, Publishers Weekly added, "Schuett proves as nimble with words as with a paintbrush."  It's a good-night wish that circles the globe.  

Describes what is happening in different places around the world at a particular time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An experienced illustrator, first-time author Schuett (I'll See You in My Dreams) proves as nimble with words as with a paintbrush. At 8:00 p.m., a child tucked in her bed in Boston listens to her father read a story. But at that very moment, ``Somewhere else, in velvety darkness, elephants sleep standing up, swaying gently from side to side.'' A single moment telescopes into an entire day as Schuett highlights contemporaneous activities around the world, setting her text and illustrations atop background maps. Gently scumbled and luminously colored, these maps supply the geographical location for each vignette. Intimate prose and atmospheric images blend the mundane (``People go to work, stores open''), the exotic (``jaguars glide through the jungle''), the mysterious (``A boy hides a note for a friend to find''), and the humorous (a dog runs off with a worker's lunch). While youngest readers will grasp the basic idea of different ``times'' in different locations, older children will recognize the orderly ``zones'' as the book's vignettes progress from morning to night (and bedtime). More advanced readers may take up the stickier abstractions of the international dateline. So soothingly written and structured that it can double as a bedtime book, this unique work affords an extraordinarily compelling, clear approach to a complex topic. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
The beautiful illustrations in this book tell the story of the time zones throughout the world. The pictures are painted on top of a map highlighting places in the world. The word "somewhere" occurs many, many, many times throughout the book. Schuett has illustrated many books including Outside the Window by Anna Egan Smucker, however, delightful book is the first that she has both written and illustrated. A note to the readers explaining the concept of time zones as well as a map of the time zones appears at the beginning of the book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3What's happening around the world when it is one o'clock a.m. in England? Lots! Exploring this fascinating concept, this story takes children around the world to show what's going on at the exact same moment in other areas. A time-zone map on the endpapers, which includes the times and names of places shown in the pictures, allows readers to follow the action around the globe. Schuett's illustrations, each overlaid onto a map, capture the mystery of early morning hours on the plains of Kenya, the freshness of a new day dawning in India, and the subtle humor of a dog running off with a worker's lunch in Russia at noon. Her story takes readers through busy cities and family homes, rainforests and swampland, exploring all varieties of settings. The poetic text encourages them to look deeper into the pictures for hidden details. A book that is perfect for sparking an interest in geography, emphasizing the amazing concept that at the same moment we are getting ready to sleep, other people are starting a new day.Christina Linz, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679885498
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 188,409
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Beautiful in every way!

    Beautiful in every way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    Our favorite bed time story

    This is a great book that has been my daughter and my favorite for a few years. The pictures are beautiful and so is the story!A wonderful book to save for last!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    This children's book is GREAT!

    This is one of my favorite children's books, and I have given it many times as gifts. It's particularly wonderful if you know of any young readers in other countries, or who know people in other countries. But I'd think it would also be good for generally inquisitive, curious children. It opens with a baker in London in the wee hours of the morning, and each 2-page spread talks about what is happening at the same time in another country/time zone. The last example is a child going to bed in Boston. The graphics, even in the paperback, seemed particularly good with an overlay of the map of the city/area being mentioned along with the pictures of what's going on. It's just a lovely book, and a great introduction to the idea of time zones!

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