In Time

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Pub Date 9 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 30 May 2024

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Follow the story of a little girl as she learns to slow down, be patient, and appreciate that some things in life are worth waiting for.

When you’re little, the world can seem like a truly slow-moving place. Waiting for school to finish, staring at the clock, wishing it would move. Joining seemingly never-ending queues, urging them to speed up. Staring longingly at a hot cake baking in the oven. Jumping into bed, lying down, and drifting off to sleep. Waiting can seem to last a lifetime.

And then, as soon as you wake up… the race begins – hurry up, let’s get a move on – we’re going to be late!

This book is all about a little girl learning to be patient. As she slowly opens her eyes to the wonder of nature, she uncovers that some things are really worth waiting for. Animals wake from hibernation, seeds bloom into flowers, trees turn into forests, and snails form beautiful, glittering trails.

A wonderful book for kids who always ask, ‘are we there yet?!’ Encourage them to go with the flow with this relatable story that has stylish and soothing illustrations on each page. An important message wrapped in an enjoyable and comforting story that kids will love to pick up off the bookshelf.

Follow the story of a little girl as she learns to slow down, be patient, and appreciate that some things in life are worth waiting for.

When you’re little, the world can seem like a truly slow-moving...

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'In Time' by Marina Ruiz is a beautifully written book about stopping and appreciating nature's beauty and what only time can create. "Time seems to be passing so slowly," the little girl says. My mom always says, "A little while." or "Just a moment." I just want time to speed up like a roller coaster. It would be nice to whizz through the days. In a blink of an eye, a tree could grow taller than a mountain from seeds. As I wait, I see things I've never seen before. The petals of a beautiful flower open one by one. As it moves forward, a tiny snail leaves a trail. The wind stirs the leaves and branches in the forest. I hear them whisper..."We had to wait to grow mighty and strong. Just like you, we were once little before. But time thickened our trunks and lengthened our roots. Now, when storms come, we can dance with the wind."

'In Time' is a fantastic book. The book teaches children to be patient, to look at what nature can offer, and to appreciate each day for what it can provide. Check out this book.

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I thought this was a really well-written book. I don't know of too many books that discuss the concept of time like this. As children, we always want time to go faster for whatever reason, maybe because we want school to be over for the weekend or summer break, can't wait for our birthday or a holiday, or just to be older and more independent. We don't realize then how much we will want time to slow when we get older and how we may end up wishing time went a bit slower back then so we could have enjoyed it more. I love that this book brings all that up in an easy-to-understand way for children. This book helps children think and try to appreciate where we are right now and enjoy the moments we are in right now.

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. They narrate the story perfectly and allow children to become engaged in them. I love the colours that are used and I think they pull the whole story together.

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Every mother can identify with this book. How many times have you been asked “Are we there yet?” Or “When can we go?” And as a parent, at the end of each day, we are exhausted and can’t wait for the day to end. Then suddenly, our children are wanting phones and sleep away camps, and the time slips away. This book talks about how precious time is while we are always wishing it would move faster. The pictures are dreamy and soft in color, lending itself to the wistful atmosphere of the book. I’m adding this to my list of giftable books for new parents.

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This was such a great story about a little red haired girl that feels like time moves too slow for her but the trees, flowers, and a cave show her how enjoy the pace that time moves. I felt like I was in elementary school again with my teacher reading this book to the class. I genuinely enjoyed this story and its lesson and I feel like children will love this book.

Thank you to the author and NetGalley for this e-ARC.

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The illustrations in this book were beautiful!! I loved the way the words flowed and were incorporated into the illustrations also. The writing was full of descriptions and metaphors that brought so much depth to the story. I loved the message of slowing down and appreciating the small thing, but also loved how it explained how growth can be amazing too!

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Who doesn't remember how excruciatingly slowly time moved as a child? How our parents said that it went fast, but how could it when "later" sounded like forever from now, and there was no way we could wait?
Marina Ruiz manages to capture the magic of the passage of time for children vs. adults in this sweet, quick read for kids in a book so magical, with such sweet and lovely art, that the 21 tiles of the book doesn't feel like nearly enough.
My son, who is 16 months old, loved it and will absolutely sit through me reading it to him again.

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I think this book would be a great accompaniment when teaching your children/students to be patient. Not only does it validate the child's feelings about time going on and on and on (which I'm sure we can all relate to) but it also gives reasons why they should slow down and look at the world around them, the things they can see, feel, hear, etc. if they just take a second to obverse their surroundings. Marina did an amazing job with the illustrations throughout this book, not only are they beautiful, colourful and unique to Marina's style but they are also clearly thought out. I also think many adults could use this book to help them slow down a bit (myself included)
To put it quite simply if you are experiencing an impatient child, or your impatient yourself you should definitely read this book

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This book is a great reminder to children and adults alike to slow down and appreciate everything around you. I love the child's perspective of everything going slow and the very accurate perspective of the parent who doesn't have enough time in the day. I would love to read this book at bedtime to my toddler. The illustrations were whimsical and lovely.

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This is a gorgeous book which will delight any picture book reader with a story of patience and the rewards which come from slowing down and observing the world.
I will be recommending it to our childrens librarian and of course to families who are looking for a lovely picture book.

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!

This is the kind of book I will definitely read and talk about with my child! It shows that it is worth waiting for some things in a world where we are always running. Even I stopped for some minutes after reading it, to think about the things I missed because I'm always running and planning my next task...
The pictures are very nice and lovely! I will recommend this book to my friends <3 Everyone should see through the eyes of this little girl!

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So, so cute. The focus is having patience, and being mindful of how the world moves around you and how it all impacts the bigger picture. The watercolor art is absolutely stunning, and the ultimate moral of wanting to pause time on a perfect moment—fantastic.

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This is a beautiful, heartwarming story about a little girl's journey growing up where time seems to move so slowly and how she wishes it would speed up. The ending of this book brought tears to my eyes! The mother wants nothing more than to stop time and prevent her daughter from growing up. The idea of how we perceive time as we age hit me hard.

This is a wonderfully sentimental picture book about time, patience and love filled with delicate watercolour illustrations that stir emotions with every turn of the page.

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This book was adorable! I love the meaning behind the story and the young girl learning to be patient. This book hold a lot of meaning and children of all ages and parents will love it.

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Pjs, cuddling, and story-time before bed is a favorite at our house! The last couple weeks the kids had so much fun reading some new material I was given advanced copies of. It’s cute how now they ask what new books I have to read. As soon as I’m finished they will tell me what they loved about the book. My great little reviewers! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📚📖 @netgalley #netgalley

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An adorable children's book that combines simple yet clever writing and captivating illustrations. It captures the concept of time perfectly and conveys that patience is key to fully enjoy life. It's a great short story and an important reminder for children to slow down at times and appreciate the moment!

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A beautiful story about the magic and power of time, and the importance of patience. We both begin and end the story with desire to slow down time and capture just a moment of it forever. Following the journey of a young girl as she learns all the wonderful things that happen as years, days and minutes pass by! From the growing of forests to the shaping of sand, In Time reminds us to enjoy each moment. The illustrations are gorgeous and would be easy for a young reader to follow along!

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4.5 stars
Aww… adorable!

In Time is the story of a little girl who is impatient for time to fly at high speed and realizes the beauty of letting each second linger the way it does. From waiting for the clock to tick and tick, she understands the need for things to grow and develop in their own time and space.
This is a short and super cute book that teaches kids to savor each moment and find comfort in idleness and stillness. The book starts with the contrast between her mom’s busy life and her dragging life at school. However, as the day progresses, she sinks into a lucid dream where nature shows the truth of things.
I love the idea and the execution (though little ones should not walk into forests without adult supervision). Each page has only a few words of text, making it easy for kids to read. It is prose-poetry, which works for the theme and creates a nice sing-song rhythm to set the mood.
The illustrations are so, so beautiful! They are whimsical, colorful, and messy but also soothing and appealing. I think the illustrations are a blend of crayons and pencil colors. The textures are amazing! The girl and her mommy have two cute dogs as well. Another plus!

To summarize, In Time is a beautiful book showing the need to slow down and value each moment instead of rushing through life.
Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, for eARC. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.

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I read this book as an arc from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I sincerely love how children's books are full of wisdom of its own, entering into a child's simplistic yet wonderful way of thinking, once also my perspective. Time felt odd as a kid, even my experiences as an adult felt different at times. I love the art, the colors and the style, they really suits the overall story. My niece would love it!

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This picture book has very age-appropriate ideas about time, as a scientific and philosophical concept. The prose is gorgeous and the relationship between the little girl and her mother is so sweet. However, what made me really love this book is the illustrations. Not only are the pictures beautiful, but the artist uses color and form to reflect the concepts regarding time. It's amazing. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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In Time is beautifully written and illustrated by Marina Ruiz. 5/5 stars.

We are given the opportunity to follow a little girl's relationship with time and her ultimate discovery of what we need to slow down for.

The gorgeous flowing artwork matches the mood of the prose and the combination is one of the best children's books this reader has encountered in a long while.

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There are some picture books that just speak to a person. This is one that is beautiful.

There are so many moments and days that seem like they never end, dragging on, endless waiting (especially for children) for the next big event. And yet, in those slow moment, time can be appreciated. "In Time" by Marina Ruiz effortlessly connects the reader to how the passing of time fluctuates in this beautifully illustrated picture book.

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The book was beautifully written. The illustrations were simple, yet engaging. The author made careful word choices that were very impactful. Overall, the book was well written and I did really enjoy it.

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We have all been there. Time is going by slowly for this young child, who wants to get a better grasp of the time passing, and gradually, things change for her.

The illustrations are lovely and depict a regular house with children, a busy city and beautiful landscapes.
The prose and the poetic musings offer great insights into patience, the passing and the concept of time, and the moment.
Suitable for all ages of children, perfect/ideal for 5-13 yos, and adults who like children’s books.

I read this with a child with special needs and they enjoyed it very much. They felt seen because of their struggle with patience and the time sense at times.

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I found it very hard to rate children's books so everything is a 5 star read for me!!
I really loved this book, the illustrations are so beautiful and captivating that I found myself smiling through every page I read.
The story itself is very beaitiful and inspiring <3

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In Time is such a precious children's book about a little girl's struggle with the experience of time. The illustrations are very refined and translate this sense of chaos and uncertainty. I really love the message it says about how we, as kid or grownup, grapple with the sense of time in our hectic lives, especially in this society where everything needs to be rushed and hastened. Recommended!

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Young readers will be intrigued by this book about time, as we follow a little red-haired girl as she experiences time differently depending upon the circumstances. Sometimes a car ride can feel like it takes forever, while getting ready in the morning makes time go too fast. But if we slow way down and wait and observe what's around us, perfect moments can arise.

The prose and concepts seem a bit complex for the targeted age group (4-7 years). Slightly older readers will enjoy it more. Still a treasure and a great teaching tool about time. And those gorgeous illustrations absolutely melt the heart!

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This is an absolutely adorable book! I love the message it sends and how it is written. It is written to keep the reader interested and the unique ways the words are written are very clever! The illustrations are beautifully created to show exactly what is being talked about. I would love to buy this book for my kids and would give it to others for a gift as well!

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Marina Ruiz's amazement of nature is evident in this beautifully narrated book, 'In Time'. The soft watercolors across each page evoke a sense of nostalgia. It reminded me of memories as a child, when I thought the days were so incredibly long! The perception of time was much different then vs now, and this story validates this concept! It goes to remind us that there are so many miracles happening right beneath our noses if we are intentional about taking a moment to reflect.

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An impatient child finds that sometimes it is nice to have things go more slowly. A book well worth owning!
The illustrations by the author are great fun, brilliantly colorful, imaginative, and delightful.
Perfect for reading alone or WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to everyone, especially to a school or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books | Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. Thank

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I’m always looking for books to add to my little girl’s library, and In Time’s sweet artwork instantly caught my eye. Maybe it’s because she’s turning one tomorrow, but this book genuinely brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful story of taking in all the moments that we just want to rush by to get to the next big thing! The artwork in this is absolutely stunning, and the message is clear and important. While my daughter isn’t old enough to truly appreciate this book yet, I will most assuredly be adding it to her permanent collection in the future.

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Such a nice story to read to kids. I teach kindergarteners and I'll buy this book for the class for sure. The illustrations are incredible and the story reminded me of when I was a kid myself and my relation with time. This story can open a lot of nice discussions with kids.

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A sweet picture book perfect for librarians, teachers and parents alike to use for a meditative and mindful storytime. I loved the beautiful illustrations and age appropriate prose that’s easy to comprehend for even the smallest readers. The book does a great job at validating children's emotions regarding impatience and our fast paced world while also expressing the importance and value of patience and being present in the moment. I would absolutely recommend it!

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I absolutely love this book. First of all, I love that the mom and daughter have red hair because it looks just like my little family :) Secondly, the concept of time is so hard for kids to understand, especially when adults experience it differently than them. Because of that, this isn't just for our children, it's also for the parents and caregivers who read it to them. I found myself relaxing, breathing slower and deeper, and hugging my child tighter. How many times have I said "just a moment, hang on, hurry up" to my child? How often do I put myself in their shoes and see time from their perspective? This book is such a sweet reminder to both of us that slowing down is a good thing because then we can really see the things we miss when we wish time away. The message in this book is so good and easy for me to explain to my child. The ending is just so sweet and made me tear up! I'm definitely purchasing a physical copy when it releases! Must have!

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Beautifully written and absolutely beautifully illustrated, this is a great book to teach elementary age children about time as it relates to them. This book lead a great discussion with my kids that some things truly are worth waiting for, and other times it means more to slow down and enjoy the moment.

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This was such a sweet book about how slow time feels so slow to kids and so fast to adults. The illustrations were beautiful.

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A mother wishes she could slow down time whilst her daughter wishes she could speed it up. Over the course of the book, a little girl wills her life away wishing time would pass quicker so that all the 'good' things in life would come around again. She wishes for the fun moments until she stoips to consider other wonders that take place slowly, other living things that also must be patient.

With it autumnal immustrations, white space, and simplicity, this book delivers a message about patience and appreciating the simpler things in life. A delightful book to mull over in digital times. I welcome the opportunity to put the electronics aside and be at one with nature, as will other cregivers, I'm sure.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book for free in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

This was a very fun children's book with darling illustrations. I think adults and children will enjoy this one. It was easy to follow, yet fun. If I had a kid, I would buy them this book.

Many Thanks again to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.


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This is such a lovely, colorful, magical and adorable picture book that pulls you in!

The story begins stressful in the morning, everything is awake and time is limited. But for one young girl, time moves slowly, painfully slowly.
Why can't we speed up time, it would be so nice - the girl imagine.

But what do we miss if we speed up time? Patience is sometimes key to appreciate time, the world around us and life.
It was an wonderful reading, fits for young and old. It was very pedological in it's format . I love this kind of fictional children's book.

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This was such a great little story and I feel adults could greatly benefit from reading this as well as children. A beautiful reminder to slow down a bit and enjoy life as it unfolds around you. Also, the illustrations were gorgeous.

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