With the help of the "M&M's"® Brand Characters, readers will learn why people keep track of time, and how they do, and whether a millennium is a really long time or not. . . All leading up to answering the big question: why the calendar we use to help us keep track means that we have a millenium right now, and not some other time. Along the way, there are side bars and other excursions, into blue moons, the longest year ever (445 days!), and an explanation of why MM=2000.
Wrapping up with a look at the ways the world is celebrating the millennium, and what we might expect in the next one, this guide to the millenium from the "Official Candy of the New Millennium"™ includes everything a child (and most adults) need to know about the turning over of our calendar's odometer
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Grade 1-5-Since the Roman numerals for the year 2000 are MM, animated M&M's candies make perfectly adorable mascots for this lively book about the history of calendars. An engaging text, broken up into short paragraphs and fact boxes, explains the challenges ancient civilizations encountered while trying to create a calendar that kept in step with the seasons. No one had an easy time of it. The Babylonians lost track of which year needed 13 months, and which needed only 12. The Aztecs enlarged their calendar to 365 days, but worried through the last five days because they considered them to be unlucky. To bring his calendar back in line, Caesar was forced to decree a 445-day year. England's tardy adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752 caused a stir among workers, who felt they were being robbed of 11 days of wages. Brimner points out that if we followed a lunar calendar, the millennium would be celebrated at an entirely different time. The watercolor illustrations are as witty and pleasant as the writing style. Betsy Maestro's The Story of Clocks and Calendars: Marking a Millennium (Lothrop, 1999) is packed with more information, including a discussion of the millennium as a religious event for Christians. Overall, the M&M's book maintains a refreshingly balanced perspective on the subject.
Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
". . . a valuable acquisition for children's collections." -- Today's Librarian, December 1999
". . .. The book is a perfect for the start of school, describing keeping track of time, calendars and the traditions of seasons, months and years." -- Yellow Brick Road, September/October 1999
Since the Roman numerals for the year 2000 are MM, animated M&M's candies make perfectly adorable mascots for this lively book about the history of calendars. An engaging text . . . explains the challenges ancient civilizations encountered while trying to create a calendar that kept in step with the seasons. -- School Library Journal, December 1999
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