Telling Time

Telling Time

by Jules Older, Megan Halsey, Megan Halsey
     
 

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Time isn't an easy concept for kids to grasp, but young readers will delight in learning all about it with the fun and lively lessons in TELLING TIME. Exploring what time is and discovering why we need to tell time, young readers certainly learn more than 'the big hand is on the one and the little hand is on the two'. With the help of a whole lot of clocks, a dash of

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Time isn't an easy concept for kids to grasp, but young readers will delight in learning all about it with the fun and lively lessons in TELLING TIME. Exploring what time is and discovering why we need to tell time, young readers certainly learn more than 'the big hand is on the one and the little hand is on the two'. With the help of a whole lot of clocks, a dash of humor, and a few familiar circumstances, learning to tell time is a lot of fun. It's about time.

With Megan Halsey's fresh, fun, and playful illustrations, telling time is a breeze. Imaginative digital and analog clocks adorn page after page with cuckoos, in the shape of boats, with alarm bells, and more. You won't want to miss a second of Telling Time.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
"When people talk about telling time, they don't mean, 'Hey, Time, I've got something to tell you!" So begins this wonderful, funny book. Using an offbeat sense of humor, it takes a subject that could be dry or difficult, and makes it really fun. The book engages the reader, by asking questions and rewarding with smiley faces. It also shows kids why telling time is important. After all, knowing how to tell time can keep you from showing up to school 2 hours early, or missing the beginning of a movie. Taking a wide definition of time, it covers "big chunks" of time, like months and years and millenniums, as well as the "shrimps," like seconds and minutes. The book explains both digital and analog clocks. Colorful cartoons, featuring ethnically diverse characters and lots of clocks in fun shapes, complement the humor in the text. A poem at the end reminds children how many seconds are in a minute, how many minutes are in an hour, and so on. The book includes a list of time websites for kids and another list for their parents and teachers. 2000, Charlesbridge, Ages 6 to 9, $6.95. Reviewer: Emily Schuster
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Beginning with a robust "TICK" and ending with an equally bold "TOCK," Older acts as both an encouraging coach and cheerleader for youngsters learning about time. He defines the concept clearly, citing two meanings-when things happen and how long things take. After delving into how time can be broken down (from a second to a century), the author gets down to the nitty-gritty of telling time. He begins with the easier digital-clock face. Once that is thoroughly explained, he ponders the more difficult analog clock. Readers are taken through the process of reading it, and little tests are thrown in to keep students on track. Answers are given in the text, along with rewarding smiley faces. ("Yes! It's seven-thirty. You deserve another smiley face!") The cartoon illustrations, showing children and many, many types of clocks are colorful, plentiful, and inviting. A rather silly poem is appended to help readers remember how long things take: "Sixty seconds make a minute,/that's a lot of seconds, innit?" Although a.m. and p.m. are discussed ("-breakfast is at six A.M., but supper is at six P.M.") they are never really defined. Beyond these minuscule qualms, this jovial look at time and time telling is as handy as they come.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881063967
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

When Jules Older isn't skiing or snowmobiling, he's writing children's books. His books include PIG, COW, and ICE CREAM. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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