Books We Love: “Just a Second” by Steve Jenkins


I love it when a book changes what I know AND how I think. I don’t generally expect such a paradigm shift from a children’s book, but Just a Second does just that, compelling the reader to imagine what can (and does) take place in the span of a second. 


The world is filled with wonders and this book captures the excitement of what can be accomplished in one second in both the natural and mechanical worlds. Would you have guessed that a cheetah and a sailfish cover the same distance in one second? That would be 100 feet, thank you very much. A commercial jet at cruising altitude will cover 800 feet in the same time span. And a midge (that’s a kind of gnat) bats its wings 1,000 times. In short, there’s a lot of life in one little second.

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