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. Volume XX Number 39. . . .June 6, 2014
Itís About Time is about more than just time. Together with Lily and Jacob, the two child character narrators of the book, readers are taken on a journey of exploring the concept of time and how to read a clock; how to make a pound cake and the time required; the days of the week; as well as the months and seasons of the year.
Itís About Time was originally published in French under the title of Le temps qui passe. Two of Pascale Estellonís many French books, Nature and Les Comptines de Grigrigrocha, won the BolognaRagazzi Award in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Other English titles illustrated and authored by Estellon include My Big Photo Activity Book and Photo Finish, both of which invite the reader to add to the illustrations included in the books. Estellon, who currently lives in France, helped found French publisher Mila …ditions in 1984.
Estellonís illustrations and vibrant colour choices in Itís About Time are functionally captivating and counterbalance the black text font and white background found on the majority of the pages. For instance, various colourful clock representations and the inclusion of comic-strip style illustrations provide opportunities for the reader to decipher the time that is being expressed and help communicate the concept of time for those who are unable to read the associated text. Estellonís select coloured background pages add pizzazz to the book.
Itís About Time is a book that is well-suited for both the classroom and home. While the large amount of text may seem daunting to beginning readers, the dialogue bubbles and illustrations assist in conveying the concept being explained. With the help of Lily and Jacob, teachers and parents alike can support their students/children in understanding the concept of time in its many configurations.
Estellonís clever and seamless transitions make for a real page-turning book. The tasty pound cake recipe, paper plate (clock) craft, and day of the week quiz are some of the amusing activities that will keep the reader from wanting to flip the page too soon.
Kelsey Sukich is a recent graduate from the B.Ed. program at the University of Manitoba. She knows all too well the importance of understanding the concept of time.
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