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The Man Who Made Time Travel

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Who would solve one of the most perplexing scientific problems of all time?

This dramatic picture-book biography brings to life – with illustrations that glow with wit and inspiration – the fascinating story of the quest to measure longitude. While the scientific establishment of the eighteenth century was certain that the answer lay in mapping the heavens, John Harrison, a
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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The Man Who Made Time Travel follows the work of John Harrison, an unknown, self-taught carpenter and clockmaker who ultimately solved the 18th century’s most complicated and prestigious scientific mystery – measuring longitude. Sailors would unknowingly be lost at sea, and ships consistently sank due to sailor’s inability to locate their east-west position in the ocean. This became such a problem for the nations of the world that the British Parliament passed the Longitude Act, which proclaime ...more
An Orbis Pictus Honor book, The Man Who Made Time Travel is an dramatically illustrated story for older readers. It is the story of John Harrison, who created a way to track longitude in ships. It begins with a shipwreck, informing readers that so many had suffered this same fate because there was no way to measure a ships location and that many of them would get lost at sea. So the British Parliament passed an Act that would pay for a way to measure longitude. The story details different method ...more
(NS) Sue
John Harrison was an eighteenth-century clockmaker who invented a way to measure longitude on ocean-bound ships. After 2,000 men were killed one stormy night when their ships smashed into a reef near the southwest English coast, the British Parliament passed the "Longitude Act" which promised to pay 20,000 pounds for a "practicable and useful" method for measuring longitude. Many absurd solutions were proposed, but John Harrison, an idiosyncratic perfectionist, worked for a half-century to desig ...more
Naomi De Guzman
The Man Who Made Time Travel is a picture book biography that takes a look into the life of an influential person in regards to science and travel. This book starts off in the early 1700s with a snapshot of ships and sailors dying. Throughout history, many ships sank because there was no accurate way to measure a ship's true location. British Parliament then passed the Longitude Act, which promised to pay 20,000 pounds sterling to solve the problem of measuring longitude out on the seas. We are ...more
This book is packed with information regarding the invention of the timepieces that led to the sextant and chronometer. This is written in story form so it makes it easy to follow. The story talked about longitude and latitudinal lines among other things making it a good geography book as well. One of my sons couldn't stop asking questions about what we were reading. His mind was going a hundred miles a minute about what we were reading.

Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Lasky takes the story of John Harrison's lonely journey to claim the Longitude prize for figuring out how to measure Longitude at sea. Over many years he created 5 amazing clocks that eventually resulted in a non-sky method for measuring longitude. Great book for helping kids see how ideas and problem solutions often take many steps and great fortitude.
Lucia Benzor
Kids can learn so much from this book and be inspired as kids to be problem solvers and working towards a goal. A worthy goal. It made clocks as simple as could be and even had the power to make me interested in clocks and got me thinking about how they were built.
Alyssa Roberts
The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky is a true story about a man named John Harrison. John built clocks. He was just a villager who rang bells at the church. He never went to school, but he learned about math by being a carpenter. Later in his life, he realized he could combine what he knew about carpentry and bells together. He is the man who built some of the most precise clocks in history. His whole life he worked hard to perfect everything he did, and goes down in history as one of ...more
Sarah Thompson
I love the concept of autobiographical picture books and The Man Who Made Time Travel only strengthen my love for the genre. Kathryn Lasky tells the true story of John Harrison's life. John was an uneducated child who combined his life skills to become one of the greatest clock makers of all time. the story demonstrates that anyone can be successful with passion and drive. The illustrations were not among my favorite but they still assist the story nicely. they are sark and a little distorted bu ...more
Great book about the invention of clocks.
The Man Who Made Time Travel, written by Kathryn Lasky and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, is a biography picture book about John Harrison. Lasky writes John Harrison's impressive story through short historical snip-its on each page. She gives some British background about is longitude and latitude and how each is determined (or not determined) and a prize the British government would award the person who discovered a way for travelers to determine the longitude of their location while out at sea ...more
We all very much enjoyed this book. Personally, I had no idea how big of an historical deal it was to be able to figure out how to determine longitude, and what an effect it had on the entire world. It's also a great story for kids, because this "nobody" (actually, a very smart man) eventually figured out how to determine longitude, but he had to overcome a great deal of adversity over the course of many decades in his never-ending quest. Very inspirational!
This story is about the invention of a way to accurately measure the exact location where a ship was while at sea and about the man who made that quest his life’s work. As late as the 18th century, sailors were unable to determine where they were at longitudinally and became easily lost at sea. In England an Act was passed that would award a great deal of money to the first person who could come up with a way to accurately measure longitude. It was called the “Longitude Act.” Many ideas were pro ...more
Kori Hall
The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky is a great non-fiction informational book. Has lots of learning opportunity for teachers and young readers alike. This book is written in story form so it makes it easy to follow along. The books use of vocabulary words like "longitude and latitudinal lines among other vocabulary words makes this book very educational. The pictures are so big and colorful and are luminous full-color paintings in some occurrences takes up the whole page. The text alon ...more
Heather Edrington
I would buy this book and use it as an end of the year lead into what they can expect to learn about in fifth grade. I teach Indiana History and they learn about U.S. History and exploration in fifth grade. This would be a great addition to a fifth grade classroom because it includes information about the development and use of much needed tools during that time.
John Harrison, an uneducated clockmaker from Norther England, dedicates his life to finding a way to measure longitude. He never gets the prize, offered in 1714, but he does solve the problem. The reading is a bit difficult, but interesting, but the illustrations are worth the read! Hisotry, 6.4 Word count: 3356
Emily Wariner
I liked this book. It is a cool story that kids can learn a lot from. There is a lot of information to take in so it may be confusing for young children. Any kids interested in ships and how they navigate would probably really like this book.
Who knew time couldn't be kept while travelling before the 18th century? Glad to have come across this book; John Harrison certainly made a difference in the world.
Challenging picture book about longitude.
It's not really about time travel.
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo ...more
More about Kathryn Lasky...
The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #1) The Journey (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #2) The Rescue (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #3) The Siege (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #4) The Burning (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #6)

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