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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2020
Taking a philosophical approach, this is a comprehensive look at the challenging question: What is Time? Having posed the question, author and illustrator Kathrin Köller and Irmela Schautz take readers through the past and present stories, myths and symbols of time from around the world which help to explain some of the mysteries which we all experience. These set the scene for a detailed look at the realities of how time is recorded and counted before closing with a section on travelling through time as in across time zones and in futuristic fantasies. Rich in detail and fully illustrated this is a sophisticated and complex book that will repay very many readings and re-readings.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks for March 2020
The Seedling That Didn't Want to Grow by Britta Teckentrup
I Don't Want to Be Quiet by Laura Ellen Anderson
Book of Time by Kathrin Koller
The Song of the Tree by Coralie Bickford-Smith
Stars Before Bedtime by Jessamy Hibberd and Claire Grace
In this thought provoking book, curious readers will discover all kinds of fascinating information about how and why we think about time.
Chapters on mythology discuss Chronos, Janus, and the legend of the Phoenix. Others look at how different cultures perceive time-as a straight line or in circles? Young readers will learn how animals and plants tell time, how the study of longitude and latitude is related to clocks, and why an hour used to last one hundred minutes.
Along the way, they'll encounter historic time pieces such as sundials, chronometers, and Al-Jazari's famous 12th-century elephant clock.
The book also invites readers to ponder important questions about what time means to us today: can you actually save time? Can you run out of it? And is it really better to accomplish more in less time? These concepts are introduced in accessible chapters and illustrated with vibrant drawings.
Absorbing and world-enlarging, this elegant book explores a challenging concept in an engaging way that encourages discussion and further learning.
|Publication date:||5th March 2020|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||General Non-Fiction, People / Places, Reference Books, Science / Technology|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
KATHRIN KOELLER is a translator and journalist specialising in children's and youth media. Her film I Will was nominated for the Berlin Children's Theatre Awards. She lives in Berlin, Germany.More About Kathrin Koller