Reach & Read: Around the World Right Now

Around the World Right Now by Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard

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The authors and illustrator, Olivia Beckman, have created a quick trip around the world, visiting twenty-four time zones in locations, one on each page each displaying a quick peak into some unique places. The locales are different, a little off the beaten path but each has an interesting fact and accompanying illustrations to pique the readers interest. Example: it is one o’clock in the afternoon in Greenland features an Inuit boy.   The book is built on this repeating phrase about  current time, teaching about time and time zones in a simple way. Every page has a clock displaying the time, depending on reader age it might just be fun to locate or if a bit older practice telling time.  It is enjoyable to read and the pictures and places allow for conversation and interaction between reader and listener. It does not get old to re-read.

I love books with layers of diversity and this book certainly captures a wide range of people, place and cultures, making space for more conversation as the reader ages, fostering a worldly view and hopefully, inspiring a desire to travel.  The last few pages have some additional information to augment the book either in a classroom or at home, such as how to use a globe or make a sundial. Spoiler alert though – five o’clock is not a happy hour scene in Margaritaville….. it is in Madagascar along the Avenue of the Baoababs with some lemurs.

I recommend this book and look forward to seeing what other books this trio create.

I received a copy of this book to review from Sleeping Bear Press but I was not financially compensated, nor required to say something positive, in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my experience and observations while reading this book.

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