Author: Stacey Schuett
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Audience: Ages 8 – 10 *(I chose this particular age because I believe children would be a little bit more familiar with the concept of a map and/or a globe than those of a younger age. I believe that children of this age would also have more awareness of the fact that the world beyond their own home is made up of many different places.)
Summary: This book uses as its premise the fact that people who live in different places in the world are engaged in different activities because it is not the same time everywhere in the world. Each page gives a description of what a person or creature is doing at a particular time of the day or night. In the background of each illustration the reader will see part of a map or the names of places in the particular part of the world that is being written about on the page. The actions in the book take place over a 24 hour period of time that begins and ends at nighttime.
Literary elements at work in the story: This story has multiple settings as the reader is taken on a journey throughout the world through the illustrations and words in this story. These settings show the uniqueness of God’s creation and point out the fact that somewhere in the world there is always some type of action taking place. These settings remind the reader that s/he is one small part of a great big world in which many different kinds of people and animals all live together.
Perspective on gender/race/culture/economic ability: The illustrations in this book show the reader that not all people in the world look the same and do the same things as the reader may do. People of different ethnic/racial backgrounds are shown. Sometimes we forget that not everyone is exactly like us. This book with its illustrations does a good job of showing many different aspects of God’s creation.
Scripture: Isaiah 42:5, Romans 1:20
Theology: God created everything in the world and gave breath to all the people who live there. The power and divinity of God though invisible can be seen and understood through all that has been created in the world.
Faith Talk Questions:
- What do you become aware of when looking at the very first illustration in the book with the baker, the mouse, and a person watching a movie in it?
- What do you think the author means when she says that the wind “sighs and murmurs?”
- How can tomorrow already be here in some places?
- How is the illustration of the family eating breakfast similar to what happens in your family? Different?
- Compare the double page illustration of the people going home from work on the trains and streets to the next illustration of the family in Guatemala. What do these pictures tell you about how the day ends in different parts of the world?
Review prepared by Union-PSCE alumna Marcia A. Rauch