We Are One: How the World Adds Up

Candlewick. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536201147.
PreS-Gr 2–This rhyming book travels the world through numbers, with examples as varied as the five acts of Shakespeare’s plays to the nine innings in baseball. At the heart of the narrative is the Aristotelian ideal that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, born out both through the primary rhyming text and the prose narrative with factual tidbits that run across the bottom of each page as the story progresses. With a blend of animal characters and humans who are dressed like stars, the illustrations play with the presence of light throughout the story, enforcing the idea in the book that “we’re a vast constellation.” The colorful, gentle illustrations are perfectly suited to the text, and the book feels very much like a bedtime read that can grow with a curious child.
VERDICT A lovely addition to home libraries and library collections for young readers.

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