Around the World Right Now
by Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard
In this multicultural travelogue through each of the 24 time zones, young readers are invited to travel the world and experience all the people, places, and things that exist on our planet right now. In every minute of every hour of every day, something wonderful is happening around our world. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, an artist sits behind his easel working on a painting. While at the same time in Greenland, an Inuit boy begins training his first pack of sled dogs. While in Madagascar, a playful lemur is trying to steal treats from a family's picnic, just as a baby humpback whale is born deep in the Pacific Ocean. A perfect read-aloud to help introduce geography and time-telling as well as a celebration of the richness and diversity of life on our planet.
- Dewey: 910.4/1
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585369768): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 05/15/2017
- PDF (9781634724043): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 05/15/2017
- Hosted ebook (9781634724340): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 05/15/2017
- Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Lexile® Measure: 690
- Guided Reading Level: M
- JUVENILE FICTION / General (JUV000000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Date & Time (JUV009070)
- JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / General (JUV030000)
School Library Journal - Around the World Right Now
Reviewed on 1 August 2017
A clever nonfiction picture book that introduces the concepts of time zones, continents, and culture. Readers begin their international journey at six o’clock in San Francisco and then progress through each time zone, moving across the Atlantic, roaming through Europe, and so on, before returning to the streets of San Francisco. Each page features a different time zone, along with a short description, and detailed illustrations of local customs and peoples. The authors provide further information and activities on the topic of travel and time zones in the last two pages, adding a welcomed educational component. This is a versatile book that could be used to introduce children to a variety of topics, from geography to time. In addition to teaching concepts, it reinforces a crucial message of unity by featuring children of all ages and races from around the globe. Illustrating 24 different time zones is no small feat, yet Beckman rises to the challenge. VERDICT A high-quality book for our times, in both its educational and inclusive message.
Author: Gina Cascone
Gina Cascone is the author of 30 books in several different genres, and has written for screen and television. Around the World Right Now is her first picture book, a joyful collaboration with her daughter inspired by her granddaughter’s unrelenting curiosity. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. They have two grown children, two grandchildren, and three cats.
Author: Bryony Williams Sheppard
Bryony Williams Sheppard holds a degree in Theater Education from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been teaching since the age of 17 and loves bringing different stories to life with her students. She is also a teacher near Princeton, New Jersey, where her favorite part of lesson planning is choosing the best book for each class. When not working, Bryony enjoys spending time in her noisy house with her husband, two children, two cats, and a dog.
Illustrator: Olivia Beckman
Olivia Beckman is a Spanish illustrator. After working as a graphic designer in Sevilla for years, she decided to focus on illustration, her true vocation and the reason why she studied Fine Arts in the first place. Since then she has combined this activity with mural painting, decorating children’s hospitals around the world with the nonprofit foundation Paint a Smile. Her illustration work has been published in Spain and Germany. Today she lives and works in Germany.
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