The Time Book

The Time Book

A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks

By Martin Jenkins; Richard Bolland (Illustrator)

Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763641122, 64pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2009


It’s about time! A fascinating primer explores what it means and how it has been measured, from the waggles of a honeybee to the workings of an atomic clock.

What is time? Why does it fl y when we’re having fun? When did we start keeping track of it — and why do we measure it in such bizarre ways? Explore these and many other timely questions, such as how the first calendars and clocks were invented, why February is such an odd month, and what strange and wonderful things Einstein discovered about the nature of time itself. Martin Jenkins’s clear, conversational narrative on the history of timekeeping combines with Richard Holland’s quirky mixed-media collages for a compelling look at that mysterious thing we call time.

About the Author

Martin Jenkins has written several nonfiction books for children, including THE EMPEROR'S EGG and APE. He lives in Cambridge, England

Richard Holland is the illustrator of THE MUSEUM BOOK by Jan Mark. He lives in Essex, England.