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WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Durga Bernhard

WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING

A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World

By Durga Bernhard (Author) , Durga Bernhard (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-57091-473-7
Publisher: Charlesbridge

A clever design allows readers to travel the world, one page turn at a time. “While you are reading, / on the other side of the world, / someone is getting dressed.” The illustrations show an Alaskan child curled up in bed with a parent at 10 p.m., facing a map of Africa, Nigeria highlighted, with an inset gatefold. A flip reveals a young Nigerian girl at 9 a.m. Turning the page reveals that same Nigerian girl opposite a Japanese child…and so on until the circular tale returns to Alaska. Teachers will appreciate Bernhard’s incorporation of 12- and 24-hour digital clocks, as well as the analog clock hiding under each round gatefold. The final page is a map of the world delineated by time zone and includes thumbnails from each highlighted country. A small text block explains the reason for the time zones and tells how they work. Gorgeous illustrations combine beautiful colors with a glimpse of life in other countries—the houses, foods and activities of faraway places. Both educational and somnolent, this does for younger children what David A. Adler’s Time Zones (2010) did for older ones. (Picture book. 4-8)