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Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time
     

Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time

by Steve Jenkins
 

What can happen in just a second,
a minute, or an hour?
How can we measure time?
The flap of a vulture’s wing.
A crocodile’s heartbeat.
The weight of a baby blue whale.
The life of a mayfly.
These increments of time may sound a bit strange, but they are all fascinating ways in which we can think about time.
But what exactly is

Overview

What can happen in just a second,
a minute, or an hour?
How can we measure time?
The flap of a vulture’s wing.
A crocodile’s heartbeat.
The weight of a baby blue whale.
The life of a mayfly.
These increments of time may sound a bit strange, but they are all fascinating ways in which we can think about time.
But what exactly is time?
In Just a Second, the award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins brings forth unique ways to think about time beyond the hands we see every day on a ticking clock.
 
 This non-fiction picture book explores time and how we think about it in a different way - as a series of events in the natural world (some of them directly observable, others not) that take place in a given unit of time. Steve Jenkins' extraordinary illustrations will accompany this engaging look at time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This subtly philosophical examination of time, scale, and the mechanics of life is all but certain to leave readers reconsidering the world and their place in it."— Publishers Weekly, starred review "This is a fascinatingly different way to approach natural history as well as time..."— Bulletin

"Jenkins renders this package both eye-catching and mind boggling. Teachers will find good jumping-off points here for math, science, and history discussions."— School Library Journal, starred review

Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
How many times does a child's heart beat per minute? What about an adult, an elephant, a hamster, or a chilly crocodile? These are just a few of the facts presented in this fascinating book. Starting with the many things that can happen in a second, or even a fraction of a second, in the animal kingdom and the world at large, and gradually working through a minute, an hour, and up to a year, this book is jam packed with interesting facts kids will love. From the speed of a charging grizzly bear and the rate of deforestation to the life span of a great white shark, the reader comes away with an entirely new appreciation for how much can happen in a short period of time and the way we measure it. Whether used as part of a math unit on time increments, or as an accompaniment to a science lesson on animals or the environment, Jenkins' beautiful cut-paper illustrations are a wonderful way to get children thinking more about the world around them. Reviewer: Miranda McClain

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606404464
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
11/28/2017
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"This subtly philosophical examination of time, scale, and the mechanics of life is all but certain to leave readers reconsidering the world and their place in it."— Publishers Weekly, starred review "This is a fascinatingly different way to approach natural history as well as time..."— Bulletin

"Jenkins renders this package both eye-catching and mind boggling. Teachers will find good jumping-off points here for math, science, and history discussions."— School Library Journal, starred review

Meet the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated over twenty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor–winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit www.stevejenkinsbooks.com.