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)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
One World, One Dayby Barbara Kerley
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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.
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
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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