________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 1 . . . . August 29, 2008

cover Time is When.

Beth Gleick. Illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn.
Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2008.
32 pp., hardcover, $17.99.
ISBN 978-0-88776-870-5.

Subject Heading:
Time-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Alison Mews.

**** /4

Reviewed from f&g’s.

excerpt:

In one second, you can bounce a ball,

or jump,

or say hello,

or turn a page.

 

Marthe Jocelyn has created another stunning picture book with her trademark collage illustrations that seem to lift off the pages. She has reinterpreted Beth Gleick's 1960 book which uses simple language and everyday activities to explain the difficult concepts of time to small children. From seconds to minutes to hours to days, Gleick continues progressively into more complex measurements of time, touching on seasons and the all-important one for children - a birthday - to mark the passage of one year.

internal art

     Using perspective to full advantage, Marthe Jocelyn begins her depiction of time with a small parade of children approaching with a Hello sign and another small parade departing with a Goodbye sign. These are cleverly used for the front and back covers, as well, and portray multicultural children imaginatively costumed for a dress-up procession. She uses patterned paper and fabrics, along with bits of gauze, strings and occasional photographs to present visually appealing pictures of children engaged in daily routines and creative play. Her colourful collages illuminate the explanations in the text, giving them energy and making them meaningful to a child's own life.

     This striking book makes a welcome addition to other picture books on time (such as the Hazel Hutchins and Kady Denton MacDonald collaboration, A Second is a Hiccup) and is highly recommended for home and school use.

Highly Recommended.

Alison Mews is the Coordinator of the Centre for Instructional Services, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL.

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