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The Book of Time

Written by Kathrin Koller

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The Book of Time Review

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Rich in detail and fully illustrated this is a sophisticated and complex book that will repay very many readings and re-readings

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.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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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

The Book of Time Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9783791374178
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9783791374178
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Kathrin Koller
Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Non-Fiction, People / Places, Reference Books, Science
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 85 Great Non-Fiction Books, 85 Great Non-Fiction Books,

About Kathrin Koller

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. 

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