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Timekeeping    by Linda Formichelli, W. Eric Martin & Sam Carbaugh order for
by Linda Formichelli
Order:  USA  Can
Nomad, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Teachers and parents home schooling their children will find this a very handy book for discussing time and all the nuances associated with it. Constructed around a number of hands-on activities, the idea here is to create a deeper understanding of the meaning of time.

In the introduction the authors explain that 'Time is a funny thing. We keep time, save time, lose time, buy time, and make time when we're running late. People ask if we have the time, and we answer them as if we do. We talk about time as if it's something we can touch and feel, but of course time isn't like that at all.'

Beginning centuries ago with the birth of timekeeping and the creation of calendars and timekeeping devices, this fascinating book looks at various types of clocks, the reason for time zones, and how timekeeping devices have become more accurate.

The projects and activities the young reader can engage in include making a candle or an incense clock, constructing a sandglass, and crafting a device that recreates Galileo's experiments with pendulums and how they function.

Special vocabulary words and their definitions are highlighted in Words to Know boxes sprinkled throughout the book while interesting facts about time are presented under a Did You Know? heading that will be found at the top of the face of a large alarm clock.

Even if you are not extremely interested in the hands-on aspect of this book, the general information it contains is still worth the purchase price. Although Timekeeping is targeted for children between the ages of nine to twelve, younger students who read fairly well can certainly handle the text.

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