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The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It’s about time! A fascinating primer explores what it means and how it has been measured, from the waggles of a honeybee to the workings of an atomic clock.

What is time? Why does it fl y when we’re having fun? When did we start keeping track of it — and why do we measure it in such bizarre ways? Explore these and many other timely questions, such as how the first calendar
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published April 1st 2009)
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The illustrations which combine photos with drawings on differing colored pages draw you to this book on the history of time. Many of the illustrations combine humor like a flying clock, with supporting details for the text on that page. The text also plays along with the illustrations by taking on the shape of a planet or pyramid or copying a shape in the illustration. The text is divided up into 10 chapters, each with a slightly different topic but the chapters are not titled and the topic of ...more
Lashaunda Brown
The Time Book A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks
Overview: This book details ways in which time has been counted among different cultures and time periods.

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RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

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Who knew a book on time could be so interesting? a detailed description of how time has been measured over time, which was very clear in the beginning but became muddier as time went on, in spite of the fact that the author claims the measurement of time has become incredibly accurate.
May 12, 2009 Terry added it
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The information in this book is excellent. However, I fear the illustrations in this chapter book will not draw a child into it.

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Dec 13, 2011 Margie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is one of those books that I know was fabulous because I keep thinking about it. I'm getting it again from the library so boy #1 can read it. It has a lot of text - set up in chapters, but still a picture book format.
I found this book to be fascinating. Time is something that is always on the mind, but not something that I had ever though much about as having a history. It's interesting to discover how time developed through the ages.
Super interesting and nicely formatted for the most part, though some of the creative text placement got a little irritating.
So it's a pretty brief introduction to time and calendars and time-telling devices throughout history, but it is a very interesting one.
Sam Bloom
I really enjoyed this - very interesting, of course, but I especially love Richard Holland's illustrations (he also did the Museum Book).
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