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When It's Six O'Clock in San Francisco: A Trip Through Time Zones

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A lyrical multicultural picture book that introduces the concept of time zones.

As one little boy is eating breakfast in San Francisco, another kid in London is playing football with his mates, a girl in Harare is eating dinner with her family, and another child in Sydney is calling for a drink of water in the middle of the night. Poetic language and charming vignettes simp
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 20th 2009 by Clarion Books
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Lisa Vegan
Mar 18, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who are interested in time zones & other cultures; to teach about time zones & hemispheres
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I love that this book starts with San Francisco’s time zone, and I learned something. I thought Hawaii was 3 hours, not just 2 hours, earlier than San Francisco; I guess most of it is, but not Honolulu.

This is a fine book for teaching about time zones. I’ve always known about them, at least since I was five, but I’ve also always been interested in them. This is a good book for kids who know about them and are fascinated and to try to explain time zones to kids who don’t yet know about them, or s
Arg. Concept books. They're dangerous dealings. A concept book is meant to have a single purpose: to inform. If they amuse, that's nice, but it's not why they were invented. And because you need a good author to make a basic concept easy and understandable to kids, a lot of topics go unanswered on library and bookstore shelves. Until this moment in time, if someone had walked up to my reference desk and asked, "Do you have a good easy concept book about time zones," they would have gotten a fron ...more
The text for this book is fine, and it is a great concept. The illustrations, however, are of the ugly-realistic variety that kind of creeps me out. Like clowns.
I read this to my young children, the oldest of whom is quite fond of clocks and the concept of time. I actually don't know whether they could follow the idea of time zones, but we did follow it up with a flashlight-and-globe session, which they enjoyed. I think this book is sneakily educational, teaching not only time zones, but also the seasonal difference between the northern and southern hemispheres, the continents, and a little bit about other cultures. We may read this one again later, may ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grades 3+
Very well-done book about that most difficult of concepts, time zones. Also includes cultural details about the daily life of children in cities in each of the zones. Includes endmatter about telling time and time zones.

I just happened to notice from the author bio photos that both author and illustrator are part of mixed-race couples. Cool.
Leta Huffman
I like the concept of this book. It introduces children to time zones. I like how they show children in each place around the world. When children read this book they realize that there are children all over the world. It introduces it in a simple way by referring back to the time it was in one place each time it introduces a new place.
"Very well-done book about that most difficult of concepts, time zones. Also includes cultural details about the daily life of children in cities in each of the zones." - Becky, Teen Librarian

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This is kind of a cool story. I'm pretty sure that not a lot of people think in terms of the differences in time zones and how different parts of the world are experiencing all the different parts of the day at any given moment.
Sam Bloom
Concept and illustrations are great, and I applaud the author's use of a wide variety of cultures. But the writing just isn't that fantastic, and at times that took away from the book.
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