Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time by Steve Jenkins
Jenkins always manages to make science and nature even more fascinating than it usually is. In this book, he shows the passage of time in unique and intriguing ways that will get young scientists thinking differently. What happens in one second? Well, in that second a bat can make 200 calls or hummingbird beats its wings 50 times. What happens in one minute? In a minute a grizzly bear can charge up to one half-mile or a skydiver falls 2 miles during free fall. How about an hour? A day? A week? Longer? For all of these, Jenkins selects intriguing examples of what happens during that time period that will have you thinking about time and what can be done in ways you never expected.
Jenkins’ paper collage art is on display here, vibrant against the plain backgrounds of the pages. His exacting art uses pattern, subtle color changes and textures to great effect. His collage work is done with such attention to detail that it often doesn’t look like cut paper work. It is as beautiful as his work always is.
Jenkins has selected fascinating bits of trivia to put on display here. This book will not give you the complete story of the natural examples, but will definitely open readers’ minds to new ways of looking at time and action. It is one of those books that invites you to explore the ideas that capture your imagination further in other places.
A great gateway book that broadens the mind, this nonfiction book is appropriate for ages 5-9.
Reviewed from library copy.