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A Moment in Time: A Perpetual Picture Atlas

Hegbrook, Thomas (Author/Illustrator)
Tiger Tales 2017. 76 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781944530075 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 389
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This “perpetual picture atlas” is designed to have no beginning and no end. Made up of three volumes bound together in a zig-zag form to provide a circular reading experience, it consists of scenes throughout the world, happening at the same moment in time. Covering 39 time zones, we see the day starting on Baker Island, with sandpipers against a brilliant pink sunrise, while in Havana, a man plays a trumpet as he leans back in a chair; in Greenland, bulky bison cross the dry grasslands.

The mixed-media illustrations represent the richness and vividness of the planet, from overflowing markets to glowing fireflies to dancing northern lights. The illustrations vary in size, from smaller squares to full-page illustrations. One two-page illustration of Gaua, Vanuatu, shows the sun setting over a flourishing green island surrounded by a purple sea and a yellow sky. Another page has a woman rolling dough in Honduras in one small frame and a man painting a mural in Chile in another. Human forms are simple, with little detail in terms of facial expressions or dress, but the varied skin tones represent the gamut of human diversity.

The book serves to unite all living creatures by exploring a single moment in time on the planet. It is a celebration of biodiversity, culture and nature’s splendid landscapes. Though text-free, at the end there are thumbnails of each illustration, bearing short descriptions.

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    Consider people who you know or a movie star or an athlete who lives in another part of the world. Right now, what time is it in their country? What might they be doing right now?

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    Explore this book and compare it with others you have read. What are some unique structures and features? Compare it to At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin. How are they similar and different?

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    As you read, locate the countries on a map or globe. What do you notice?

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the various places. From the pictures, what can you infer about life in each place?

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    Choose a picture of a place where you like (or would like) to travel. Write about why you would like to be there and what you might do.

  •  Explore this book. Compare and contrast it with other books.
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    Find the featured countries on a map or globe. What do you notice?

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the various places. From the pictures, what can you infer about life in each place?

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    Choose a favourite picture and write about why you would like to be there.

  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship