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When It's Six O'Clock in San Francisco: A Trip Through Time Zones Hardcover – July 20, 2009

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Grade 2–4—Omololu has put a child-friendly face on a somewhat abstract concept. While Jared shivers on rising from his bed at 6:00 A.M. in San Francisco, Genevieve emerges from the Metro on her way to school in Montréal, where it is 9:00 A.M. The author describes children engaged in other activities around the world at the same time, from an evening meal in Lahore, Pakistan, to a sunrise in Honolulu, Hawaii. Each spread is labeled with the place name and time of that scene. All of DuBurke's impresssionistic pen-and-ink and acrylic illustrations depict children interacting with friends and/or parents. Many of the pictures are framed in white and appear below the text. A series of analog clocks depicting the time in other locales runs along the bottom of the spreads. A simple map of the 24 time zones accompanies a brief explanation of the history of timekeeping and the reason for these zones. There are few books for children about this specific topic, and this one adequately covers the concept.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI END

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“[A] lively contemporary picture book that talks about the scientific facts of time zones and what they mean in daily life. . . . A great choice for science classes and today's international families.”—Booklist

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618768270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618768271
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Arg. Concept books. They're dangerous dealings. A concept book is meant to have a single purpose: to inform. If they amuse, that's nice, but it's not why they were invented. And because you need a good author to make a basic concept easy and understandable to kids, a lot of topics go unanswered on library and bookstore shelves. Until this moment in time, if someone had walked up to my reference desk and asked, "Do you have a good easy concept book about time zones," they would have gotten a front row seat to the show that is my gaping fish-like mouth. As it happens, even adults don't have many books to choose from when it comes to discussing that particular topic. It's just a concept that doesn't get a whole lot of play, even though parents traveling with children, or who have family far away, need a way of explaining to their kids why time isn't the same time all around the world. Cynthia Jaynes Omololu's "When It's Six o'Clock in San Francisco" fills a need, and does a jolly good job of it too.

It is six o'clock in San Francisco and Jared has just woken up to drink his cocoa for the day. As he does this, it's nine o'clock in Montreal, and Genevieve and her father are taking a slippery sliding way to school that neither of them expected. As they do that, it's eleven o'clock in Santiago, and so on. With each new time zone the reader is introduced to new characters and new storylines. Whether they're scoring goals in London, asking for a last drink of water in Sydney or tearing up over spicy food in Lahore, everyone around the world is doing something different. Backmatter shows the different zones on a map with information on how they work.

Omololu opts for a story to help kids understand time zones.
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I cannot resist a new picture book title if it brings up World Geography! The kids loved this one before I could lay my hands on it.

Follow times zones and see what kids are doing all around the world when it's 6 o'clock in San Francisco! A final page explains the concept of times zones with maps and illustrations.
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WHEN IT'S SIX O'CLOCK IN SAN FRANCISCO does a terrific job of showing young readers what time zones are. The geographic and mathematical concepts in this book would be a welcome addition to any elementary school classroom, but the biggest surprise to readers may be the lyrical language. Few math picture books can captivate the readers with such beautiful writing and illustrations. WHEN IT'S SIX O'CLOCK IN SAN FRANCISCO is an outstanding choice for reading aloud in the classroom, home, or library.
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Randy DuBurke provides fine color illustrations to accompany WHEN IT'S SIX O'CLOCK IN SAN FRANCISCO: A TRIP THROUGH TIME ZONES. Each time zone is given two pages of drawings paired with brief discussion of what each young person living in the time zone is doing, making for a gentle story of cross-cultural experiences enhanced by pictures of clocks showing different times across the zones.
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Great read and beautiful illustrations. By tying the concept of time zones to the relative cultures, the author brings life to a sometimes difficult to understand idea.

Well done! I'm looking forward to sharing this book with all of my out of state neices and nephews!
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