One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth

by Nicola Davies (Author) Jenni Desmond (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

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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Kirkus Reviews

A journey around the globe highlights ecological dangers the world over. . . Beautifully illustrated.

Publishers Weekly

Davies and Desmond use time zones as the framing for a conservation-oriented tour of Earth in this eye-opening journey led by two kids, both portrayed with brown skin. The pair begin at nearly midnight in Greenwich, London, then head to Svalbard at 1 a.m., where they spot a polar bear mother and cubs: "Every year now the ice melts earlier, making hunting hard. The future of this little family is not certain." At 8 a.m., they swim among whale sharks in the Philippines, while a 4 p.m. stop at California's Pinnacles National Park finds them nestled in a red wildflower. On each page, text contrasts the beauty of the setting with the danger lurking from human-caused environmental damage. Lushly imagined mixed-media illustrations offer a birds-eye view, suggesting the vastness of the planet with documentary-style spreads of penguins dotting the snow far into the horizon or hundreds of baby sea turtles covering a moonlit beach. The suggestion that all this ecological magic exists at the same time buttresses the direct call to save the Earth. Creators' notes conclude. Ages 6-9. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

Davies is careful to depict both the harmful and helpful impacts that humans can have. . . . Filled with informative prose and stunning art, One World delivers on its creative concept and leaves readers with not only a sense of awe at our planet's remarkable biodiversity but also newfound feelings of respect and responsibility.
—BookPage (starred review)

Davies and Desmond use time zones as the framing for a conservation-oriented tour of Earth in this eye-opening journey. . . . Lushly imagined mixed-media illustrations offer a birds-eye view, suggesting the vastness of the planet with documentary-style spreads of penguins dotting the snow far into the horizon or hundreds of baby sea turtles covering a moonlit beach. The suggestion that all this ecological magic exists at the same time buttresses the direct call to save the Earth.
—Publishers Weekly

The focus stays on Earth's flora and fauna, and Davies points out the necessity of each ecosystem and the human impact on that environment. . . The combination of awe and wonder at nature's beauty along with the various ways it is threatened is a poignant reminder of the caretaking role humans have mostly failed at. Mixed media art has varying textures and richness to match the settings. . . This could make an engaging Earth Day storytime, especially when paired with Davies' previous work.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

This award-winning team takes a trip around the world to see what's happening on Planet Earth. . . This is a very interesting oversized book with lively depictions of day and night.
—The Pioneer Press
Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies is a zoologist and an award-winning author whose many books for children include Tiny Creatures and Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, both illustrated by Emily Sutton, as well as Deadly!, Just the Right Size, What's Eating You?, Poop, Extreme Animals, and Talk, Talk, Squawk!, all illustrated by Neal Layton. Nicola Davies lives in Wales.

Emily Sutton is the illustrator of Tiny Creatures and Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, both by Nicola Davies, as well as The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy. Emily Sutton lives in York, England.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781536226133
Lexile Measure
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Guided Reading Level
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Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
March 14, 2023
Series
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BISAC categories
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF003270 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Endangered
JNF013080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Date & Time
Library of Congress categories
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