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Time Zones

Time Zones

by David A. Adler
     
 

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What are time zones and why do they exist? When it's noon where you live, why is it midnight halfway around the world? This entertaining book explains why time zones exist and includes little-known facts and historical lore, an explanation of Daylight Savings Time, and a hands-on activity that can be performed at home or in the classroom.

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What are time zones and why do they exist? When it's noon where you live, why is it midnight halfway around the world? This entertaining book explains why time zones exist and includes little-known facts and historical lore, an explanation of Daylight Savings Time, and a hands-on activity that can be performed at home or in the classroom.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The creators of Fun with Roman Numerals (2008) and Money Madness (2009) collaborate here to explain the concept of time zones. Miller employs an astronaut and his robot dog to serve as guides for Adler’s discussion of the differences in times around the globe caused by the earth’s rotation in an easterly direction, resulting in later times as one travels east. He notes the difficulties faced (particularly with train travel) before the 1883 adoption of standardized time, describes how the 24 zones are adjusted to accommodate heavily populated areas or a particular country’s preferences, and clarifies the need for the prime meridian and international date line. Miller’s bold, cartoon-style collage art invites readers to ponder the ideas Adler presents. His use of humorous characters (a smiling sun and several Martians) adds to the book’s appeal without detracting from the science. Numerous maps, diagrams, and a few documentary photos also help to clarify complex ideas, and a globe and lamp demonstration will help students visualize time zones.
— Kay Weisman
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423859
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
412,184
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler is the celebrated author of more than two hundred books for children. His books have received many honors, including the Sydney Taylor Book Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Golden Kite Honor Book, and a NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book. He lives in the New York City metropolitan area.

Edward Miller III is the author, illustrator, and designer of many nonfiction books, including The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gum and The Monster Health Book, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year that School Library Journal called "lively" and "visually appealing." Visit his website at www.edmiller.com.

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