Suma Din tells us how she came to write her children’s book about time zones, and considers the global issues it brings into play.
And finally this:
Global Dimension’s feature on time has some head-spinning facts on the subject:
For more about time measurement and the rotation of the earth, the Greenwich Observatory has curriculum linked resources here:
Countries and cultures
If you’re looking for a cultural springboard within the book there’s plenty to explore with Christiane Engel’s delicious illustrations; from South American weaving to Turkish ebru designs; Portuguese baking to the Russian circus.
Children live in a variety of homes in contrasting locations. Mia lives in an apartment in New York, while Hanif’s home in Indonesia is built on stilts due to the heavy rain during the monsoon. Which leads to the topics of climates and habitats and the variety of animals that make their way onto the pages.
Children’s rights issues
Beneath the surface, there are a number of issues teachers can elicit. In India, for example one of the children works late night shifts with his mother. Why does his wealthier neighbour share her lunch with him? In DR Congo, Mani and his mother leave their village after disruption and a fire around their home. Will they find shelter at their destination after walking for two days? At the foot of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, water is not readily available. Where does Nadah’s mum go to fetch it?
Complimenting any of these children’s rights issues are UNICEF resources, in particular the ‘Find the Rights’ poster:
What we share
But it’s not all about difference. One Day’s storylines carry many emotions and situations children can identify with too: the arrival of a new baby; getting into trouble; team sports competitions; an unwell grandparent; looking after pets.
Whatever your subject, if you want a global topic, a host of activities and research can flow from the fifteen children’s experiences.
Suma Din is an author, Adult Education tutor and is currently completing an MA in Social Justice and Education at the IOE London University.
One Day is published by Bloomsbury; for further details visit the Bloomsbury website.
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