Plenty of series deal with the passing of time in a macro sense, but the Busy Times series shaves young readers’ lives into the most basic of components and, in doing so, succeeds in explaining the temporal and spatial relationships that are secondhand concepts to older kids. Each volume divides a different span of time (a day, a week, a year, a lifetime) using examples of what happens throughout. The ingenious device of a “window” on each spread shows what else is occurring simultaneously, gently suggesting to children that the world does not, in fact, revolve around them. My Busy Week posits that each week has routines; for example, you may be at swimming lessons, while your friend Ahmed is at the mosque. Meanwhile, Raga’s pleasingly two-dimensional illustrations use labels to point out familiar objects in each scenario. A surprisingly effective tackling of a hard-to-grasp concept. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus
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