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. Volume XVII Number 26. . . .March 11, 2011
Catching Time begins on a Saturday morning with Mom busy with vacuuming, sewing and catching up on her computer work while Dad is busy with washing dishes, polishing the car and grocery shopping. When Sara asks them to go to the park, they reply, "If we find time" and "Maybe we'll catch some time." Since her parents are too busy to find time to take her to the park, Sara takes matters into her own hands. With a big jar and a butterfly net, she sets out to catch time itself. But not knowing where time is and what it looks like makes catching it a challenge. She tries capturing it as it goes "whooshing down the vacuum cleaner" and "gurgling and burbling down the drain." As supper time approaches, Sara is no closer to catching that elusive time. She must try a new strategy if there is any hope to get to the park before bedtime.
Award-winning author Rachna Gilmore provides readers, young and old, with a story that shows the frantic pace of today's lifestyle. This lifestyle is reflected in the multiple tasks parents find themselves immersed in and how this erodes the amount of time spent together as a family. Catching Time addresses this issue of busyness from both the perspective of the child and that of the parents. The bold, colourful illustrations by illustrator Kirsti Anne Wakelin capture the "scurry and worry, bustle and whirl" of Sara's parents and Sara's energy and emotions in her attempt to catch time so her parents can take her to the park. Wakelin's whimsical depiction of time, once it has been caught, is definitely thought-provoking. Gilmore's use of the rich language of sound, "whooshing, screeching, tickety-tack," and movement, "dancing, smearing, twisting," adds a poetic energy to the story telling, connecting the reader to Sara's lively and frustrating search.
Janice Foster, a former teacher and teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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