Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

By: Nicola Davies

Illustrator: Emily Sutton

The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one—including us—is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763694838

JLG Release: Mar 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Biodiversity on Earth , Living organisms , Microbes , Conservation , Science

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Awards & Honors

MSL Cream of the Crop - 2018
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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A call to all young children to notice the rich diversity of life, its interconnectedness, and humanity’s role in its devolution. Representing readers’ potential to understand these concepts is a red-headed, freckled, pig-tailed girl taking it all in. She uses binoculars to see details in a jungle canopy, wears scuba gear to get close t A call to all young children to notice the rich diversity of life, its interconnectedness, and humanity’s role in its devolution. Representing readers’ potential to understand these concepts is a red-headed, freckled, pig-tailed girl taking it all in. She uses binoculars to see details in a jungle canopy, wears scuba gear to get close to ocean life, and takes notes wherever she stands, clipboard and pen in hand. The brief text lacks animal identification on most every page, naming only a few of the individual fora and fauna except for two spreads, one introducing new species and the other identifying extinct ones. On a serious note, young observers glimpse destruction of habitat and life and the ecological damage by farming, fishing, industrial, and construction practices. Gravity, hope, and joy are all intertwined in Davies’s and Sutton’s presentation. VERDICT The quality of the watercolors and text make this an appealing choice for large libraries that serve young children.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

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[STARRED REVIEW]
“How many different kinds of living things are there on our planet? One, two, three, MANY!” With this important question and response, Davies begins her consideration of biodiversity, starting with the idea that there can be many kinds, or species, of one living thing (two kinds of elephants; more tha
[STARRED REVIEW]
“How many different kinds of living things are there on our planet? One, two, three, MANY!” With this important question and response, Davies begins her consideration of biodiversity, starting with the idea that there can be many kinds, or species, of one living thing (two kinds of elephants; more than six hundred kinds of oak trees), and gradually explaining that these many kinds of things can live and interact with one another. Humans enter the equation, too, first through a young girl (equipped with notebook and pencil to count the kinds of organisms) depicted within many of the illustrations and then later in descriptions of the disruptive effects of human activities on the environment and the importance of protecting biodiversity. Sutton’s spectacular illustrations, filled with tens or hundreds of living things, take the concept of “many” to the extreme: the pictures are dense yet delicate, full of color and life and movement; readers could spend hours counting all the different species pictured in forests, deserts, and the ocean or in collection baskets, on tables, and in museum dioramas. Davies has a keen sense of how to represent science for beginners. Sentences as sensible and jargonfree as “Sometimes, things that look different are really the same . . . and things that look the same are really different” contain deep mathematical and biological concepts that include ecosystems and interdependence, relative quantities, biomes, food webs, and the classification of living things. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9780763694838

First Release

March 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

577

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 11 5/16"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 600L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Biodiversity on Earth, Living organisms, Microbes, Conservation, Science,

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