Linda Formichelli, W. Eric Martin & Sam Carbaugh
Nomad, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
eachers 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.
n 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.
eginning 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.
he 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.
pecial 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.
ven 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
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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