Just a Second (Paperback)

By Steve Jenkins

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9781328740861, 40pp.

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/25/2011)
Prebound (11/14/2017)

List Price: 7.99*
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What happens in just a second? 
A bat makes 200 high-pitched calls. 
A hummingbird beats its wings 50 times. 
A woodpecker hammers a tree trunk with its beak 20 times. 
A human can blink 7 times. 
A vulture in fight flaps its wings once. 
This nonfiction picture book explores the concept of time as a series of events in the natural world that take place in given units of time. Steve Jenkins's stunning collage illustrations and fascinating collection of facts create an engaging and interconnected look at time, animals, science, and the natural world.

About the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page.

Praise For Just a Second

"This subtly philosophical examination of time, scale, and the mechanics of life is all but certain to leave readers reconsidering the world and their place in it."— Publishers Weekly, starred review "This is a fascinatingly different way to approach natural history as well as time..."— Bulletin

"Jenkins renders this package both eye-catching and mind boggling. Teachers will find good jumping-off points here for math, science, and history discussions."— School Library Journal, starred review