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Children's LiteratureFocusing on the subject of time, this book is part of the "Spyglass Book" series. The book is filled with colorful pictures and explains how time has been measured through the ages. Scott begins by telling readers that at first people used only nature, daylight or the seasons to tell time. Students then read that sundials were the earliest tool used for telling time. In addition to sundials, people also had tools that allowed them to measure time using sand and water. The time zones, Greenwich, daylight savings times, and why being able to tell time became important to people are then discussed. The book does not touch upon digital watches or discuss how we use time in our lives today. The book would be a good extension in a classroom where students are learning about time and how to tell time, however, does not teach students how to tell the time. The book is complete with a table of contents, a glossary and an index. Children are also given Web sites and the names of other books to learn more about this topic. The print is large and suitable for early readers. Each page is filled with a variety of colorful illustrations that range from drawings and maps to photographs. 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 4 to 7.
— Cara Mulcahy