One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth

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March 14, 2023
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Take a magical ride around the globe to see the wonders of a single moment in a story illuminating our precious and fragile natural world.

Our planet is always turning. It may be midnight in London, but in different time zones other living things are waking up, ready to hunt or feed or fight. As the clock strikes twelve, two sisters are spirited away on a journey to glimpse, in the span of a moment, extraordinary biodiversity: a mother polar bear and her cubs hunting seals in Svalbard, tiny turtles in India following the moon toward the sea, and enormous whale sharks gulping plankton in the Philippines. Quietly profound, this glowing tribute to the natural world—and reminder of its fragility—blends accessible science, lyricism, sweeping artwork, and a call for climate awareness into an ideal companion book for Earth Day, or any wondrous day on Earth.

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I enjoyed how imaginative this story is written.
Two sisters, one minute to midnight, fantasize or dream, about flying to various locations around the globe.
Their trip is prefaced with a note to the reader about time zones. While this is beneficial for older reader, it was confusing for my youngest readers; the time zones align but the children couldn't see the connection to a full 24-hours on Earth.

The writing is moving, highlighting animal welfare. Some of the wording, and yes the illustrations, are a bit heavy for younger readers. I would have liked it if the author included more information on sustainability, conservation, and the like. While they include a few ideas like turning off lights and not wasting food, and they are opening the door for conversation at home, I feel like it isn't a strong enough "call to action."

I enjoyed the illustrations. The images are fun and colorful at one point, then dark and foreboding at another, really driving the point home.
The message is clear; it is One World and it is ours, but we share it with so many other creatures. Our actions have impact.
My children had a lot of fun finding the two sisters on each spread, as well as the animal actions.

One World is a nice introductory to conservation and a good read for Earth Day.
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