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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Unlocking The Mysteries Of Time In A Perpetual Picture Atlas

"StoryWorlds: A Moment In Time - A Perpetual Picture Atlas" Created by Thomas Hegbrook.

Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2018 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

As you can see, I am stretching the notion of mystery a fair bit, as I include the mysteries and vagaries of time, and how this is captured oh-so-beautifully in this exquisite ‘perpetual picture atlas.’

StoryWorlds: A Moment In Time – A Perpetual Picture Atlas

Created by Thomas Hegbrook
Published by Little Tiger Press Group (2018).
ISBN-10: 1848575947
ISBN-13: 9781848575943
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

I chanced upon this book by accident at the library – one of those titles that simply called out to me from the shelves. When I saw how unique the format is, I immediately borrowed it from the library with the hopes of finding a way to fit it into our current reading theme.

The first two pages of the book provided an overview of the UTC or the Universal Coordinated Time, International Date Lines, and a map of the world. The idea is to take the reader around the world to illustrate “what every part of the world is doing at exactly the same moment, every hour of the day.”

It reminded me of another picturebook that I reviewed a few years back:

At The Same Moment Around The World by Clotilde Perrin (see my review here).

This book by Hegbrook, however, stretches the concept even further with such startlingly exquisite illustrations, making me consider this as more a coffeetable book, than just your ordinary 32-paged picturebook.

As can be seen from the image above, a 3:00 pm timing show events from Antarctica, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Uruguay among others. The beauty of this book is that readers are provided spaces to create their own narrative based on the images.

There is such variety here that I felt like I was transported to multiple countries just by flipping through the pages of this book. One awe-inspiring image after another will flood the reader’s senses, but just enough to keep one wanting for more.

My favourite, naturally, can be seen at 2 am – with those glittering lights from Gardens by the Bay here in my adopted country for the past ten years.

I am also especially fascinated by the short snippets of all the images as found in the Afterword. This glorious “perpetual picture atlas” is a veritable work of art, and made me feel as a reader, how deeply connected I am to all things, everywhere, around the world, in this moment in time.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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