Time Is When

Overview

What is time? This question, asked nearly fifty years ago by author Beth Gleick’s young son, prompted her to answer in a picture book for preschoolers, using simple language and familiar scenes: “In one second, you can bounce a ball, or jump, or say hello, or turn a page.”

Beth Gleick’s clean turn of phrase cleverly explains the passing of seconds, minutes, hours, on up through seasons and years. First published in 1960, this book is lovingly re-illustrated by collage-artist ...

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Overview

What is time? This question, asked nearly fifty years ago by author Beth Gleick’s young son, prompted her to answer in a picture book for preschoolers, using simple language and familiar scenes: “In one second, you can bounce a ball, or jump, or say hello, or turn a page.”

Beth Gleick’s clean turn of phrase cleverly explains the passing of seconds, minutes, hours, on up through seasons and years. First published in 1960, this book is lovingly re-illustrated by collage-artist Marthe Jocelyn, who pays homage to the original art while simultaneously creating a world of her own, cutting patterned papers and printed fabrics with whimsy, ingenuity, and precision of, yes, time. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This books takes children on a journey through time, explaining the phenomenon of time in the way that children often experience it—as periods of hurrying or waiting for something to happen. "Time is now, the space between before and later." Gleick becomes more concrete when she builds the passage of time from a second to a minute to an hour to a day, but her language continues to incorporate details children understand directly. She explains segments of time by what a child can do in them: in a second, you can bounce a ball, in a minute you can walk a block if you walk quickly, in an hour you can paint a picture. Days are broken into morning, when you get out of bed and go to school, noon when you eat lunch, and evening when you read a book or watch television. Each of Jocelyn's illustrations is a collage of different types of paper and fabric layered into appealing scenes of children enjoying their time. From the second to the week to the year, from the past to the future, this book is a lyrical journey through time. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Gleick successfully answers the age-old question, "What is time?" in this newly illustrated easy reader originally published in 1960. Breaking down time into all of its components, the author explains each one, using events that children face daily. "In one hour, you can paint a picture or build a make-believe city." The story then builds upon each part of time as it is woven back together to make up the four seasons, explaining that a year is the time between one birthday and the next-a concept readers are sure to grasp. Jocelyn's illustrations give this account a fresh look with multicultural characters and digital clocks while still keeping an old-fashioned, nostalgic feel in the paper and fabric collages, which have bright colors and fun, busy patterns. The simple, lyrical text has a timeless quality that works well as a read-aloud and is still easy enough for beginning readers to work out on their own. There are many books for young children that talk about how to tell time, but few discuss the overall concept as effectively as this one.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768705
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 653,186
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BETH GLEICK published this book in 1960 to explain the concepts of time to her three-year-old son, James. Not only did Time Is When explain the concept of time to James, it cultivated his own fascination with the subject. James Gleick went on to write best-selling adult books on time, including Chaos and Faster.

Tundra’s MARTHE JOCELYN is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her picture book Hannah’s Collections was short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Her novel Mable Riley won the first TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She has created eight picture books, four original board books, written seven novels, one work of nonfiction for older readers, and edited two collections of short stories.

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