One World, One Day

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One World, One Day uses exquisite, moving photographs and Barbara Kerley’s poetic text to convey a simple yet profound concept: we are one global family. This is a sophisticated concept book, presented as an elegant picture book with contributions from top international photographers.

This beautiful photo book follows the course of one day in our world. Sunrise to sunset is captured in the essential things we all do daily, wherever we live in the world, and in the different ways...

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One World, One Day uses exquisite, moving photographs and Barbara Kerley’s poetic text to convey a simple yet profound concept: we are one global family. This is a sophisticated concept book, presented as an elegant picture book with contributions from top international photographers.

This beautiful photo book follows the course of one day in our world. Sunrise to sunset is captured in the essential things we all do daily, wherever we live in the world, and in the different ways we do them. The first meal of the day will take on a whole new dimension for American kids as an American pancake breakfast is contrasted with porridge in North Korea and churros in Spain.

At the end, each image is reprinted as a thumbnail and accompanied by a detailed caption. Selected images feature photographers’ notes that share the thoughts and methodology involved in the making of the picture and reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes information. The photographers reflect on how the pictures might resonate within the theme of the global family. Such reflections are rooted in the life experiences of these well-traveled professionals. Their global viewpoints, in tandem with Barbara Kerley’s powerful message, set an ideal example for all future world citizens.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Sixty crisp, skillfully composed photographs follow children from all corners of the globe through a day, revealing activities that are strikingly similar yet widely divergent in the details. The juxtaposition of images is often remarkable. A photo of a girl waving from the back window of a Pennsylvania school bus appears beside a picture of a child in China's Yunnan Province, whose commute entails crossing a river in a seat suspended from a zip line. Many of the photographers (the images come from numerous sources) use light to dramatic effect: a soft glow illuminates the faces of eight girls in Gujarat, India; sunlight streams through windows as four boys stand at prayer in an Indo-nesian mosque. Supplementing Kerley's (A Cool Drink of Water) minimal, pithy text ("Recess rocks! And so does lunch") are substantive concluding notes that specify the locations, provide cultural context for the photos and-most intriguing-offer occasional photographers' perspectives: the photo of the Indian girls was taken in a refugee camp ("They were wonderful and full of laughter despite the terrible conditions"). An arresting, eye-opening compilation. All ages. (May)

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Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
All around the world kids have so much in common. As many differences as there are in their daily lives, there are many more similarities. The sun rises, the day begins, and kids get up. They all have breakfast; some have pancakes, some eat porridge, and some drink hot sweet tea with plenty of milk. They go to school by bus, on foot, or by bike where there is reading, writing, music, math, and best of all recess (it rocks!). After school kids might do chores like herding cattle or playing with friends and, of course, finishing homework. From dawn to dusk, this picture book uses photographs and simple text to "represent one day, from sunrise to sunset, around the world—a day that we share together." At the end of the book, readers will find a thumbnail of each photograph accompanied by an informative caption; there is also a map showing the countries where each photograph was taken. This book is an excellent way to introduce preschool and kindergarten students to their big global family. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3

Each day, as the sun rises, children around the world awake, wash, eat breakfast, and go to school, then play or work and share the evening with their families. Illustrating the premise that "the more we can embrace our commonality, the more tolerant we can be of our differences," the book's color photos from many countries show youngsters involved in their daily routines, clearly capturing their expressions and involvement with their tasks. Accompanying snippets of text encourage readers to concentrate on the action in each photo. The locations are not identified until the end of the book, where an appended list identifies the photographer and the country in very small print and a map serves as an index to the photographs. While the simplistic narrative lends itself to preschoolers, some images present similarities and differences among various religions that will best be appreciated by children in the older part of the grade range.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

Kirkus Reviews
Highlighting the universal, this photographic volume uses the scaffold of an ordinary day, from morning till night, to explore children's lives-their preparations for the day, breakfast, school, chores, play, dinner, time with family and, finally, bedtime, with its promise of new adventures in the morning. The photos were taken in countries worldwide, including the United States, which is represented with such varied images as Amish children playing (the text reads "Recess rocks!") and a diverse group of kids in New York City. Unfortunately, the matte paper soaks in the color leaving some photos with a dull tone. The layout changes on every page from very effective double-page spreads to less attractive placements of several photos in vertical narrow slices to other arrangements of two and three photos. The text is brief and accessible, but much of the meat is in the backmatter for adults. Country identifications, meaningful captions, background notes by many photographers and the text on a keyed map appear in very tiny print. A fine concept as a book, but not as attractive as it could be. (Informational picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304606
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 297,249
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Kerley is the author of National Geographic’s A Cool Drink of Water, You and Me Together, and A Little Peace. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and a one-time resident of Guam, who now lives in northern California, Kerley is interested in showing how a richly diverse world shares much in common.

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