As Time Went By / translated by Audrey Hall; illustrated by José Sanabria. 9.13.2017

NorthSouth Books ISBN 9780735842489

PRI K-Grade 3 Rating: 4

As Time Went By tells a three-part story of a ship and a community as they both flourish, deteriorate, and rebuild.

Originally published in Switzerland as Wie die Zeit vergeht and translated into English by Audrey Hall, the tale shows how both the ship and a village go through periods of prosperity and decline, ultimately coming together for the good of both. Though parts one and two end on somber notes, part three is filled with hope and optimism.

The reading level is fairly simple and the story provides the opportunity to share with young children how difficulties can sometimes be overcome with cooperation and fortitude. As Time Went By also imparts the significance of caring for each other and for what we have.

Though somewhat dark and flat, the watercolor Illustrations by Colombian artist José Sanabria have a compelling energy that complements the tone of the book.

As Time Went By is a 2017 Batchelder Honor Book and ALA Notable Book that delivers an important message and inspires thoughtful reflection.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ