The Time Book A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks by Martin Jenkins


The Time Book A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks by Martin Jenkins

This title offers a beautifully illustrated look at the concept of time - throughout time! What is time? When did we first use it? Does it always work? How do animals tell time? This title presents a fun and fascinating look at time from the first calendars and clocks to the GPS watches and precise time-keeping methods of today. When we started measuring it, dividing it up, what early ideas of time were and what it means to us right now - all the answers are here in this original and unique look at time throughout history. This is a companion volume to The Museum Book by Jan Mark. It includes stunning illustrations from a talented new artist that bring the subject to life.

About the Author

Martin Jenkins

Martin Jenkins is an expert at presenting complicated subjects in entertaining and accessible ways to children. He has won several awards for his work.

He was born in Surrey in 1959 but grew up in Spain, Ireland and Kent. He attended Cambridge University as a scholar. A conservation biologist by trade, Martin worked full-time for ten years for World Conservation Monitoring Centre, writing about a range of conservation issues. Since 1990 he has worked freelance for organisations such as WWF and a number of UN bodies concerned with conservation and the environment. Martin's jobs have varied greatly: "I've been an orchid-sleuth in Germany, a timber detective in Kenya and an investigator of the chameleon trade in Madagascar."

Martin lives in Cambridge and London. Martin became involved with children's books when he was asked to advise on Walker Books' Animals at Risk series. Since then he has written several titles, including Emperor's Egg, winner of the Times Junior Information Book of the Year Award and Fly Traps! Plants that Bite Back, which was shortlisted for the same award. He has also retold Gulliver's Travels, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, and Don Quixote.

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64 pages
Interest Age: 10+


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Publication date

7th June 2010



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