Nonfiction – When It’s Six O’Clock in San Francisco

When It’s Six O’Clock in San Francisco: A trip through time zones. Yep, the title pretty much says it all. But, as is so often case, it’s the journey, not the destination, that counts.

In San Francisco an African American boy named Jared is waking up at six o’clock. At the same time, on the other side of the continent, it’s 9 am and a girl in Montreal is worried about being late for school. We travel from Chile to England, from South Africa to Pakistan, from China to Australia and back the United States as time zones from all over the world are investigated.

The end papers include a map showing all of the world’s time zones and highlighting the cities featured in the more story-oriented section of the book. In addition, there is a brief explanation of time zones. A quick note that the seasons in the north and south hemispheres are opposite to one another explains why some scenes are set in the summer while others feature snow.

Although this is probably a book best used with more in depth explanations, or used with young children as a first introduction, rather than as a stand-alone comprehensive look at time zones, it very adequately fulfills this role, and will doubtless be the first look at this subject many children experience.

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