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Time Flies

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,365 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Time Flies , a wordless picture book, is inspired by the theory that birds are the modern relatives of dinosaurs.  This story conveys the tale of a bird trapped in a dinosaur exhibit at a natural history museum.  Through Eric's use of color, readers can actually see the bird enter into a mouth of a dinosaur, and then escape unscathed.

Eric Rohmann's Caldecott Honor-winning
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Lauren Stoolfire
This beautifully illustrated wordless picture book shows a birds fantastical flight through a natural history museum - don't speed through it too quickly.
Wow! What glorious richly detailed (minutely descriptive) and actually even awe-inspiring illustrations (more than well deserving of its Caldecott Honour designation), and what a delightful, sweetly simple (in other words not too overly involved) wordless adventure tale! Eric Rohmann with grace and illustrative acumen shows (imaginatively and beautifully) how a little bird flies through a dinosaur exhibit at a museum (how the dinosaurs proceed to come alive, and how our feathered friend even bec ...more
Time Flies by Eric Rohmann is a wordless time travel fantasy adventure which takes place when a bird flies into a natural history museum during a thunder storm.

The opening series of pictures show a bird flying in a thunderstorm, seeking shelter. Did lightning hit that museum, or just nearby? Finding an open window, the bird flies in, and darts in and out of mounted dinosaurs. As the bird flies, the museum fades and prehistoric landscapes appear, while the dinosaurs grow skin and come alive! The
I could "read" this wordless book again and again. Although if the book summary hadn't told me that it was a "meditation on the scientific theory that dinosaurs were the evolutionary ancestors of birds," I probably wouldn't have made that connection. To me it was just the story of a bird who flew into an open window at a dinosaur museum and was mysteriously transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. I loved finding connections between the two time periods by finding things that were at the m ...more
This wordless picture book written by Eric Rohmann uses bold and beautiful illustrations to tell his story of time flying. We follow a bird who has somehow gotten into an empty museum. The reader can tell we’re in a museum by all of the dinosaur skeletons in the habitat. But slowly page by page as the bird flies on we see the museum transfer into real life scenes. The walls gain trees and blue skies while the skeletal bodies of dinosaurs truly begin to take shape by gaining skin and lif
Don't look too quickly at this wordless picture book lest you question my categorization of it as fantasy. A live bird flies in through the window of a natural history museum and flits about the dioramas and skeletal remains of dinosaurs in a prehistoric exhibit. Beautifully illustrated, it took me to the Yale Peabody museum where many of the illustrations could have been lifted from the walls and halls. I can imagine the four and five year olds becoming totally captivated by this book. Remember ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fascinating wordless book about dinosaurs. I loved the illustrations, but I felt that the storyline doesn't have the coherence of a book like Flotsam. The dinosaurs are magnificent and children who are dinosaur fans will want to pore over the details of these pages many times over.

This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Nov 02, 2016 SamZ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott
1995 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: When the bird first flies into the "past" and the dinosaur is half skeleton and half fleshed out.
This is a beautiful wordless story of a bird who is flying through a dinosaur exhibit in a natural history museum. Of course, as the bird flies along, imagination begins to take flight and the dinosaurs become "real." I love the twist when (view spoiler) Fun story and gorgeo
This is a wordless book. A small bird flies through a natural history museum when suddenly some of the prehistoric animals (pteranodons, camarasaurus, and albertosaurus to name a few) come to life. I love how Rohmann shows the transition from dinosaur skeleton to flesh and bone dinosaurs. What an adventure!

And I really like wordless picture books because they can be such a great springboard for imagination, creativity, writing, etc.
Mar 07, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
The illustrations in this book are awesome, and the little bird's adventure very intriguing. This is a great book for young dinosaur lovers to pore over.
Aug 22, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellie, mom
This is a book with no words. Ellie made up the story for me.
Rachel Denny
Title: Time Flies
Author: Eric Rohmann
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): History, time, ancestry
Opening line/sentence: n/a
Brief Book Summary: These pictures follow a bird that travels through time. The bird comes across different types of dinosaurs and travels through the ages.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Carolyn Phelan (Booklist, Mar. 1, 1994 (Vol. 90, No. 13))
In this wordless picture book, Rohmann sets the scene in a natural-history museum, where the dinosaur hall suddenly time-sh
Sep 27, 2013 Cristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642, wordless
Assignment: Picture Book Project
Category: Wordless
Recommending Source: 1995 Caldecott Honor Award

Review: In this wordless picture book, we follow a bird as it enters a museum containing dinosaur fossils. As the bird inspects the preserved fossils, the pages transform back in time to when the dinosaurs were alive. The same bird is seen flying among the dinosaurs until it exits the museum.

On the front cover, there is a close-up of a very large animal’s eye in the top right corner. The creature st
Sara Check
1.This is a wordless picture book.

2.A bird’s trip through a dinosaur exhibit in a museum becomes too real. From dinosaur skeletons to real dinosaurs trying to catch him as a meal, this bird quickly heads through a window to end his historical trip.

3.A.Time Flies is a book only of amazing illustrations where interpretation is in the eye of the reader. The uses of dark illustrations along with bold and vibrant ones relate more than meets the eye. The mixing of time periods are shown through the li
Sep 08, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What could be considered an allegory for life, Time Flies is a wordless picturebook depicting the flight of a bird through a dinosaur museum. Brown hues invite the reader into prehistoric eras where dinosaur fossils form life size skeletons. The absence of text encourages the silence of a museum atmosphere. More importantly, the bird patron, whom we follow, is visiting after hours in the quiet of night; there really are no characters that need voice through this storyline. The reader is immediat ...more
Shannon Connors
Sep 11, 2016 Shannon Connors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his Caldecott honor wordless book, Eric Rohmann uses a stunning combination of color and perspective to take readers on a visual journey through the eyes of a sparrow. The text on the book jacket gives readers a guide in the form of a question “Is Time Flies a dream? Or is it a bird’s faint memory of its ancient dinosaur ancestors?” Information on the back of the book reveals that Rohmann based his illustrated narrative on the theory of birds being related to dinosaurs.

The book opens and clos
Sharon Worrell
Sep 29, 2015 Sharon Worrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first opened the book the large pictures jumped out to me and I could hear my son who would say mom get the names of the dinosaurs right! It begins with a small bird like a sparrow with three small pictures with small white gutters between them and he flies from a tree in the cool of the evening and takes a journey through a museum of dinosaurs. The bird perches on different dinosaurs and eventually goes off into the world of make belief. The dinosaurs put on flesh and color on their ske ...more
Time flies is a book written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Winner of the Caldecott Honor Award, this picture book is wordless; relying solely on the illustrations to convey the message of the story. In Time Flies readers follow a bird on a time-travel adventure to the prehistoric times of dinosaurs. Initially the book contained text to support the pictures, but as Rohmann proceeded in making his book he found that it was simply a reinforcement to his illustrations and preferred to let his pic ...more
Amy Fieldhouse
Time Flies is a wordless picture book that uses captivating illustrations to take the reader on a journey through evolution through a bird’s eye. The bird is in a dinosaur exhibit surrounded by Dinosaur bones when they seemingly come to life on the pages. Through Eric Rohmann’s use of color and detail in his illustrations the relationship between bird and Dinosaur is entwined on every page.

I awarded Time Flies four stars because it takes a unique approach as a wordless book but
May 14, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
This was a good book to rediscover on a grey morning with black coffee in bed. Dinosaurs don’t flip my switch, but museums definitely do. Rohmann depicts a bird seeking shelter from a storm into what looks like a natural history museum. While darting in and out of enormous fossils, the bird creates a story from perhaps ancient memories or maybe a remarkable imagination. Wittiness infuses Rohmann's strong artistry, which is essential because no words interfere with the images.

I have two opinions
3ish stars

Beautifully illustrated with lots of opportunities for incidental teaching and speculation while reading to kids. And who doesn't like dinosaurs!?

Illustrations: 4
Story: 2
Rebecca Boliard
Apr 11, 2015 Rebecca Boliard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
**Wordless, Fantasy book**
I am at a loss of words with this book. Eric Rohmann's attention to detail on this storybook is amazing. The book follows a small bird who begins her journey through a museum of dinosaur bones. As she swoops through the displays the suddenly come to life. The bird has travelled to the time of the dinosaurs, getting to experience their lives. As the bird flies it is swallowed by another dinosaur. The bird flies through the body when once again the body transforms into ju
Emily Anderson
Time Flies by Eric Rohmann takes place in a museum. A bird flies through an open window where huge dinosaur fossils stand. All the sudden, the bird flies back in time and the dinosaurs come to life.  As the bird flies around the massive dinosaurs one of them shallows the bird. At first you think the bird dies, but when you turn the next page the bird flies through the fossils. This was my favorite part because it was waking the bird up from reality show how detailed it's imagination was. The ill ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Rilee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Time Flies” is a book written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann. It won the Caldecott Honor Award. This is a picture book that tells a story through full page illustrations without text. In this book the reader follows a bird on an exciting journey to the dinosaur age. As the story unfolds, the bird and the reader get up close and personal with enormous and majestic dinosaurs. This truly is an adventure through the ages.

First, the teacher will read the book to the class. Then children will be o
Rohmann, Eric. Time Flies. New York: Crown Publishers Inc, 1994. Print. 32 p.

Lightning crashes outside a dark museum housing dinosaur bones. A bird, in order to find shelter from the storm, flies inside the building and lands in the mouth of tyrannosaurus rex. As lightning crashes again, the bird is transported back in time to the age of the dinosaurs, as those in the museum come to life. Readers, aged 4 to 8, experience the happenings from the bird's perspective, providing a real “bird's eye vi
Michaela Puglisi
"Time Flies" is a wordless picture book about a bird who, at first, is flying through a dinosaur exhibit. As the bird is coasting through the air, it is transported to the prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The bird flies past different types of dinosaurs and eventually this bird finds himself back in the dinosaur exhibit. This book would be a fun and creative way for students to learn about the prehistoric era. Students could create their own stories about the bird which would be ...more
Khaoi Mady
A Caldecott Honor Book, I thought Time Flies was just okay. The wordless book is about a bird flying into a dinosaur museum one night. The bird flies past a dinosaur and lands on its jaw. The bird and dinosaur are suddenly transported to prehistoric times. The dinosaur swallows the bird and as the bird goes through the mouth of the dinosaur, and then the dinosaur turns into a skeleton. I liked the pictures but was not too keen on the story. The art, I thought was fantastic. Each page looked like ...more
Stephanie Rudzki
I picked this book up at the library because it was suggested to me by Goodreads. I did not know that this book consisted of only illustrations until I got it home to read last week. I had to look through it a few times to understand the meaning behind it and what it was trying to get across to me. This book also came with a parent's guide to give a briefing of what Time Flies is about and also some questions to ask the child while looking through it. I made sure to read the information in the b ...more
Laura Lucero
Mar 31, 2016 Laura Lucero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time Flies written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, his first book for young readers and a Caldecott Honor winner, is a wordless visual tale through the eyes of a bird who finds himself in a natural history museum that comes to life. Is the bird having a wonderfully vivid dream or has he traveled back in time only to experience the excitement of seeing dinosaurs for the first time.
The double page spread illustrations are very detailed from the bird's perspective and give you the feeling that y
Jul 23, 2012 Emilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edsl-520
Rohmann, Eric. Time Flies. New York: Crown, 1994.

*Wordless picture book

-This book follows a bird as it first travels around the dinosaur exhibit at a museum. However, it is soon transported back to the time of living dinosaurs.

-time travel

Activities to do with children
-Have the students debate whether the bird is using his imagination or he was really transported back in time. Have them defend their answer.
-Show students a map of the exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum of
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Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit, and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He is also the author and illustrator of Bone Dog, Clara and Asha, A Kitten Tale, and The Cinder-Eyed Cats, among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including Last Song, based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark ...more
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