Time Zones

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Have you ever tried to explain time zones or the reasons for day and night to children? This fascinating book helps to answer and illustrate all of those hard-to-explain questions. Earth's rotation and how it affects day and night is fully explained. The illustrations are full-color, full-spread diagrams that label the concepts for young readers. Adults will probably even find the history behind the creation of the time zones interesting. Adler also thoroughly details what happens when traveling across time zones and how you gain or lose time in flight. Fully labeled maps of the world's time zones and the United States time zones help readers visualize this difficult concept. Daylight Savings time is explained and Earth's revolution is also diagrammed. It is a fact-packed and visually interesting book. This book is highly recommended for teachers. Families that have a curious questioner or are frequent multi-time zone travelers will also find this book extremely helpful. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Adler offers a simple but thorough explanation of time zones and why people experience different parts of the day simultaneously depending on their location around the globe. Illustrations of an astronaut and his robot dog provide a perspective from high above Earth, which helps readers visualize the way sunlight reaches different parts of the planet as it rotates. The author explains how the need to set railroad schedules led to setting standard times in the United States and Canada in 1883. A year later 20 countries agreed to divide the world into 24 time zones, establishing Greenwich Mean Time as the starting point. Numerous maps and diagrams help visualize these abstract boundaries, including the international date line in the Pacific. The illustrator even introduces some Martian observers who want to learn about the subject. Adler explains the impact of daylight savings time and includes a simple experiment for readers to see for themselves how noon and midnight occur simultaneously on opposite sides of the globe. The clear visual and verbal presentation of this basic topic makes the book a worthwhile purchase for most libraries.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews
Adler combines mathematics and geography to successfully tackle a topic many kids find confusing. With simple and clear language, he introduces readers to the idea that time zones are dictated by the rotation of the Earth. When the sun is directly overhead in one part of the world, it is midnight on the other side of the globe. The author divides the difficult material into easily digestible chunks, first tackling the Earth's division into 24 sections. He then moves on to explain the prime meridian and international date line. Finally, he explains the zigs and zags that the time zones make on the map. Also included is a fascinating history of the advent of official time zones, necessitated by technological advances in travel and communication. Miller's digital illustrations work hand-in-hand with the text to help youngsters grasp the concepts presented. He includes many different views of the world (planet, globe, map), laying a strong geographical foundation. Quirky details and collaged-in photos keep readers' attention. Sure to be a teacher favorite. (Informational picture book. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422012
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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