At the same moment, around the world by Clotilde Perrin (2014)

This book blows my mind, even trying to explain what it has taught me ties me in tangles. Basically if you look at your watch right now, say it’s 10am. Every other hour on your watch, both a.m and p.m is currently featuring on the watch of someone somewhere in the world. Boy, that’s a seriously ugly explanation. For a beautiful version, you should probably read instead, At the same moment, around the world.

Not only is the concept beautiful, the illustrations are as well. We start in Senegal at six o’clock in the morning with Keita who is helping his father count the fish caught during the night. Every hour then features with someone in a country doing something. In Apia for example, it is seven p.m and Abby is cooking fish for dinner.

Every illustration is an absolute work of art, I can imagine small people poring over this story for hours. It would be a wonderful introduction to the concept of time for a school class.

My only objection is that New Zealand doesn’t get a mention! Other than that, it’s delightful.

Check out At the same moment, around the world at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy At the same moment, around the world from Fishpond.

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