Only One

Only One
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April 05, 2022
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This lyrical, environmentally focused picture book showcases the unique beauty of our one and only universe--its galaxies, stars, and planets--as well as our one and only Earth and the precious life it contains.

Join one girl as she leads her friends to a tree-planting ceremony. Along the way, she explains in simple language the value of the universe and Planet Earth. Readers will see the Big Bang, the Milky Way, all the planets in the solar system, as well as Earth's atmosphere, and the life within it: its oceans, trees, bugs, and seven billion human beings. Finally, the girl and her friends plant a tree--doing one small thing to help their one special planet.
Both informative and inspiring, here is a beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated science picture book about our universe that will encourage young readers and listeners to protect and preserve the environment.

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engaging and educational read
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ONLY ONE is an engaging story about the incredible planet we live on and what makes it so special. As they walk to a tree planting ceremony, a girl explains to her friends about the universe, our star, the solar system, and our planet, including its atmosphere, climates, and all the species who live here. At the end, she plants a tree, saying that the story ends where it began - with only one. Backmatter includes a list of sites that can help children learn how to help Earth.

What I loved: This is a great overview of the universe, solar system, and basic facts about our planet with the ultimate message of needing to take care of our home. While the main story is about the girl leading her friends to the tree planting, the words focus on the incredible nature of Earth and are supported by floating illustrations around the text, such as the planets and climates. The images are detailed and lush with a lot for children to enjoy and learn from. The messages around conservation really come at the end of the story with a light message about how we need to take care of this amazing planet.

Final verdict: With lush illustrations and educational information, ONLY ONE is an engaging read about the incredible planet we live on and the need to take care of it.
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