Synopses & Reviews
Time to read a book.
Time to wash dishes.
Time to do this or that.
You say things like this every day, all the time. But there was a time when time itself was undefinedand#8212;no one knew the difference between a minute, an hour, or a day.
Then people started creating tools to measure time. First they used the big stuff around themand#8212;the sun, the moon, water. Soon after, using the knowledge they got from their natural time-telling tools, people began to build clocksand#8212;huge clocks unlike the ones we use today. They also used their knowledge of the sun and moon to create calendars made up of months and years.
Now, centuries later, we have clocks all around us. We can easily figure out how long a month is. But it took many years of tinkering and inventing to perfect the art of telling time. You could take a few moments now to read all about time. If you have a minute, that is. and#160;This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Informational Texts)
Children will be entertained as well as informed by this presentation.
School Library Journal
Koscielniak's watercolor depictions of various clockworks are unusually lucid and well-explained. Mechanically minded children...will find the time well spent.
"Read it for Groundhog Day, or save it for Mother's Day, when its wit could serve as an antidote for an overdose of sentimentality." Booklist, ALA
"The book should appeal to primary-graders and it could be used for group activity in a story hour." Booklist, ALA
A fascinating trip through time that explores how it works, how we keep it, and how it affects our daily lives. As a Common Core text exemplar, Koscielniak's history of time and clocks will engage and entertain curious young readers.
and#8220;[An] impressive history of timekeeping.and#8221;and#8212;Horn Book
Bruce Koscielniak, in this Common Core text exemplar, tells the intriguing story of the many years spent tinkering and inventing to perfect the art of telling time. When time itself was undefined, no one knew the difference between a minute, an hour,and#160;and a day. Then people started creating tools to measure time. First they used the sun, the moon, and the water, but soon after people began using their knowledge about the natural world to build clocks and to create calendars made up of months and years. Centuries later, we have clocks and calendars all around us!
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Informational Texts)
A be-bopping, toe-tapping introduction to nine well-known jazz musicians
SNAP!and#160;BOMP!and#160;BEEDLE-DI-BOP!and#160;In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional "This Old Man" gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era's best musicians take center stage. The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two . . . right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound "divine."
Geoffrey Groundhog has become a local celebrity for successfully predicting how long winter will last. Everyone awaits his prediction each February 2, when he emerges from his burrow to look for his shadow. But Geoffrey's fame has grown out of control - and so has the commotion surrounding his burrow! With television lights and cameras crowding him, he can't even see the ground, much less his shadow. How will he make his spring prediction? How will anyone know if they should wax their surfboards or their skis?
Have you ever seen an orchestra perform and wondered about all those different instruments? In this fact-filled, entertaining picture book, Bruce Koscielniak gives us a lively look at the history of the orchestra and the instruments in it. From the and#147;tooter, strings, and beatersand#8221; of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful exploration follows the development and trends of musical instruments over the last four hundred years. A perfect and joyous celebration for anyone who loves music.
Pairs of photographs of everyday sights that, when put together, take on a new and humorous meaning.
About the Author
KAREN EHRHARDT doesn't play an instrument and can't sing a lick. But she's probably listening to music right now, at her home in the California redwoods, with her husband David and their dog Wylie. This is her first book for children.R.G. ROTH studied drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. His award-winning work has been displayed in New York City. Though a native of the historic whaling village Cold Spring Harbor, New York, he now lives with his wife, two daughters, and their dog Moxie in a 1850s period home in Hudson, Ohio.