Just a Second by Steve Jenkins


Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
I don’t often review nonfiction books for our Ink Drinkers Society blog, but this new addition to Steve Jenkins’ extensive nonfiction ranks is outstanding. As he says in his foreword, “A second goes by pretty quickly…but a lot can happen in a second. Some surprising – even amazing – things can take place in a very short time.”

Did you know, in a second a vulture will beat its wings only once, but a hummingbird will do it 50 times? A jaguar and a sailfish can both cover 100 feet in a second, and in a single second on this earth, four babies will be born. Steve goes on to tell us facts about a minute (a snail will go about one foot, and a grizzly bear will gallop one-half mile), an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year. This is a beautiful book, filled with facts, and illustrated with the outstanding illustrations for which Jenkins is known. While you’re at it, check out some of his other books. They’re all worth a look.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 529.7 JEN)

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