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Though it's not primarily educational, some aspects of history and social studies are mentioned. The Black woman who's a government scientist, for example, is a reference to the women whose stories were told in Hidden Figures.
Nourish your talents with hard work and perseverance. Be loyal to your friends. Understand the importance of making careful choices.
Positive Role Models
Notable characters include a tween girl with great talents in computer science and an older Black woman who broke ground in high-level government research. Open lines of communication characterize the relationships between parents and children in the two main characters' families.
The main characters are African American, including an unconventional family of homeschooling vegans. Both families are portrayed positively, with great communication between parents and kids. Rahim's best friend Kasia is a whiz at computer science, and an older Black woman was a groundbreaking government scientist. Co-authors Questlove and S.A. Cosby are African American.
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Products & Purchases
Some funny satirical references to brands, e.g., "Click-Clack" for Tik-Tok. A few references to products are used to make the time travel realistic, such as classic Jordans.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in The Rhythm of Time, by Questlove and S.A. Cosby, a 12-year-old boy, Rahim, accidentally travels through time using a cellphone engineered by his best friend, Kasia, a gifted girl with a talent for computers and invention. Kasia urges Rahim not to talk to anyone to avoid changing the course of history. Of course, Rahim can't resist. His curiosity gets the better of him, and the results are funny and thrilling. The story is suspenseful but not scary.
Is It Any Good?
Full of twists and humor, this thrilling time travel story is fast-paced, suspenseful, and sweet, and may attract even reluctant readers. The Rhythm of Time, by musician, producer, Academy Award-wining filmmaker, and bestselling author Questlove and S.A. Cosby, brings us a tight pair of friends and two sets of loving, out-of-the-ordinary parents who support their children's individuality. The ending hints that there will be a sequel.
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