#523 – At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin

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At the Same Moment, Around the World

by Clotilde Perrin

Chronicle Books    3/11/2014top 10 use eb trans

9778-1-4521-2208-3

Age 4 to 8      36 pages

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“Discover Benedict drinking hot chocolate in Paris, France, Mitko chasing the school bus in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Khanh having a little nap in Hanoi, Vietnam. With each turn of the page, learn what people around the world are doing at the same exact moment.”

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Opening

“It is six o’clock in the morning in Dakar, Senegal. Keita wakes up early to help his father count the fish count during the night.”

The Story

At the Same Moment, Around the World takes the reader around the world—time zone by time zone—to see what people around the world are doing at the same time. What the world is doing at 6 o’clock in the morning, Greenwich Time, connects us in a way many never consider. Each turn of the page takes the reader into a new time zone—one hour later, yet the same time as when the story began—traveling eastward from Dakar, Senegal.

As Keita counts fish in Dakar, Senegal, Nadia watches the construction of a new building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Allen and Kiana watch the sun set in Hawaii, and a baby is born at 1 o’clock in the morning in Lima, Peru. Finally, bringing the reader full circle, a cruise ship sails mid-Atlantic Ocean at 5 o’clock in the morning. In Dakar, Senegal, Keita is counting fish with his father.

Review

Originally published in France (2011), At the Same Moment, Around the World is a gorgeous book with the illustrations picturing early morning to early morning. The left side of each spread flows into the right side. Time gradually moves on, or does it? Time is abstract. What is moving is the Earth and though 6 o’clock in one country is 7 o’clock in another, they are really the same moment in time. This is an abstract concept that may be difficult for kids to grasp right away. Some will ask, “Why isn’t it just the same time?” That is a good question. Teachers in science classes, what is the answer? I think At the Same Moment, Around the World could help explain this phenomenon.

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Kids will marvel at this book. The illustrations flow from morning to night with ease. The details in each time zone are fascinating. They give a clue to the country. In Dubai, where construction has never really stopped, the image is of a construction site. In Hawaii, where the sunsets are amazing, that is what we see there. The author also includes a world map that marks each child’s location. What are missing are the time zones on this beautiful pastel map.

The illustrations have enough detail that without the text it would be easy to understand the time of day. The book’s large rectangular shape, allowing for the sky’s inclusion, also helps. At the Same Moment, Around the World shows kids—and adults—that the world has solidarity. One thing to note:  there is a white bird with an orange beak in nearly every illustration, as if following the author as artist from place to place

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I love the illustrations showing what people are doing at the same moment in time, depending on where they are living. While I write this review at 9 o’clock in the evening, someone in Paris, France is tossing and turning in bed (2 o’clock), and in Hawaii, the early dinner crowd is sitting down to eat (4 o’clock). All these things are happening At the Same Moment, Around the World.  There is one last note: in looking at the author’s website, she has the book, folded by page but not torn apart. Placed end-to-end, Ms. Perrin makes a circle.  I think this is terrific and couldn’t let the review pass without mentioning it–or showing you.

© Clotilde Perrin  http://www.clotildeperrin.net/livres/livre1.html

© Clotilde Perrin
http://www.clotildeperrin.net/For a young view, read Erik’s review HERE!

Read a younger review by Erik, age 11.

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Meet Clotilde Perrin at her website: http://www.clotildeperrin.net/ 

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AT THE SAME MOMENT, AROUND THE WORLD. Text and illustrations copyright (2011) by Clotilde Perrin. Translation copyright © 2014 by Chronicle Books. Reproduced by permission of the publisher Chronicle Books, San Francisco CA.

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18 thoughts on “#523 – At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin

  1. Pingback: #540 – Beneath the Sun by Melissa Stewart & Constance R. Bergum | Kid Lit Reviews

  2. This book about time zones sounds and looks delightful! Brilliant concept and execution! Great review, Sue!
    FYI: I think your burrito could pass as a chew stick. #forgetTheBeans

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    • Thanks. The burrito is not mine. WordPress changed the emoticons to non-animated–BOO!–and then added some secret ones. Just happened to find this one. But so far, no beans or chips to go with it. I think there might be a margarita, but it could just be a simple cocktail.

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  3. This sounds like such an awesome book. And I love that you mentioned that last bit about connecting all the pages and stories. Will try to pick this one up! Great review, Sue!

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    • Yes, I bet you did, as you were writing a review, pretty sure you would get there first. I bet you did. 😦 Did you notice how the author folded each page, without tearing them out, to make the world. I love that. Now, she can look at what everyone is doing at the same time. Your review was very good, by the way. They usually are. 🙂 You are still 11, right?

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  4. What a charming book. Kids will love this book; learning the concept of time zones and what kids around the world are doing at that time will definitely get kids asking more questions. Wonderful book.

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