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The World In A Second

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Inspired by the question, "What are they doing right at this moment on the other side of the world?" this book focuses on natural and human events happening all over the world in the same second. Talking about the world and how it's so different in places but also so similar and shared, so incredible and surprising, the books takes us to New York, Chicago, Mexico, Portugal ...more
Hardcover, 47 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books (first published March 2008)
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Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Books Addressing the Ideas of Time & Global Events
Taking the idea of the second as a starting point, Portuguese author Isabel Minhós Martins highlights twenty-three different occurrences that all happen at the same instant, all around the world. From an elevator getting stuck between two floors in New York City to a boat unexpectedly caught in a storm in the Baltic Sea, from a package arriving at its destination in Karabuk, Turkey to a man resting on a bench in Tokyo, there are millions of things happening at any given moment.

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Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book explores time and the way that things happen all at once across the world. Small moments are captured from various countries: an elevator stuck in New York City, a horn honks in traffic in Mexico, a volcano erupts, a boy learns to balance on his bike. One after another these snapshots of time are happening all at once and yet also form a lovely series of events that are all entirely human and show how interrelated our world actually is.

The concept is at once immensely simple an
Jim Erekson
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very nice example of complementary text, this book has a deep story in each illustration with a simple narrative in the words. The narrative in the words is suggestive and minimalist, whereas the narrative in pictures suggests each moment is more complicated than the words or one single action could express. The pictures, while cartoonish, are really fun to look at for a long time.

The map at the end is what shifts the book into informational mode, and this is an excellent example of a cross-g
Pages are filled with the details of a second experienced all over the world. There is a horn honking in Mexico City and a a volcano erupting on the other side of the world, a ball flies through a window and a breeze finally flutter on the high seas. Illustrations fill the pages with action and the few words seem given in a second as I turn the pages. What a delightful book to imagine all these events. The authors share a world map at the back of the time and place for each event. I can imagine ...more
Edward Sullivan
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An exploration of time and the way things happen all at once across the world depicted in small moments captured from various countries. The illustrations make wonderful use of perspective and effectively influence the reader's perception of the scene. See also Just a Second by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin, 2011). An import from Portugal. ...more
Taylor Hartman
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kat Harrison
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed by life, I let my thoughts drift to what might be going on in California. Or Kenya. Or Sweden. Or Bogota. So for the curious daydreamers out there, "The World in a Second" is for you. Originally penned in Portuguese, this large format comic-like picture book takes the reader in a trip around the world (sometimes alluding to its destinations, other times putting you in the middle of it). It's a great introduction to time zones and/or perfect when you need a break ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book takes a snapshot of what could be happening in 23 different places around the world at the same point in time. Great for introducing to kids how expansive the world is, complete with a world map in the back. (Though it would be nice if the locations of each snapshot was also on the page itself, not just on the map in the back!)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#time #connection
One of the better books of consecutive time. Very good illustrations and a better format thank books like "at the same time around the world"
Seema Rao
Shows the things that happen around the world almost concurrently and helps explore the concept of time zones.
Ms Threlkeld
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Intriguing idea that could lead to some interesting discussions about the concept of time and how our time is spent.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful & thoughtful
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The concept for this book is intriguing but I don't like the overall affect. ...more
Katrina Germein
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had been thinking that this story is proof that you can’t judge a book by its (ugly) cover. But then I read it to a group of kids and as I held it up to begin one boy commented on how much he liked the cover. Others quickly agreed. I’m wondering if it’s the masculine nature of the cover that appeals to them and not me. In any case, the stuff inside is good and we agreed on that.

The World in a Second presents snapshots of simple life events that might be happening around the world at any given
Large, colorful illustrations that sprawl across two pages each and simple but meditative text take readers all around the globe to 23 different places through 23 one-second pauses. Beginning in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ending in Florianopolis, Brazil, readers have the chance to see what is happening at the exact same point in time. There are moments of anxiety as an elevator is stuck between floors, annoyance as a driver waits impatiently for traffic to move, loneliness as an elderly woman ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The book shows how people live differently at the same time throughout the world as the Earth continues to spin around. From New York City to Angola, each page in the book shows a new setting accordingly with various people performing their roles. It can draw small kids' awareness of time and their understanding of places through colorful depictions of diverse environments.

However, compared to successful picture books on similar subject matters (like Glass Slippers, Gold Sandals), this book is n
Kristina Jean Lareau
The art and prose of this thoughtful picturebook are worth a look. The concept of time could be introduced in more terribe ways, though, I feel that At the Same Moment, Around the World offers a better narrative.

Indeed, the story merely listed a bunch of different things happening in different countries and never circled back in a satisfying way. Using the book as the circular element of the picturebook is a meta-nod, but it does little to please the reader in searching for connection between ea
Kate Hastings
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grades 3-6. A wordless picture book depicting what happens in one second around the world. Sparse text gives a brief description of each full-page spread. Bold illustrations capture events from haircuts to demolitions, eruptions and fruit falling. Some locations are mentioned and others are left for the reader to guess. The final page of the book has a world map and lists the season, time and location for each illustration--explaining how snow, a beach scene, night and day can all happen at the ...more
Jennifer Strong
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2016
On each page of this book things are portrayed that happen at the very same second around the world. Some of them include: a boy balancing on a bike for the first time, an old lady closing her eyes to sleep, a volcano erupting, a watch stopping, and someone honks their horn in traffic.

Great illustrations and short sentences on each page. This books makes the reader stop and think not just about what they are doing, but all the possible things that others are doing all over the world. It makes t
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SO COOL. This is a really nifty people-are-the-same-everywhere / window-on-the-world book with terrific art that extends, deepens, and bends the story. A boy rides a bike for the first time - we don't see his face or that of his mom, but we see the expressions of the kids who are looking on. What are they saying to him? An old lady falls asleep surrounded by picture frames. Who's in the pictures? The color palette and line convey a sun-soaked tropical vitality that feels especially relevant to t ...more
Anna Fillmore
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book travels around the world, page by page, and gives us glimpses of everyday life lived in all kinds of ways. Bold illustrations with startling angles place the viewer right in the middle of what it happening. The vignettes are sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic and always have a curiously strong sense of place. Although all human inhabited continents are covered, it is still euro-centric, with more pages dedicated to European locations than Africa and Asia combined. But Chicago made the ...more
Evan Childress
If you have ever wondered what someone across the world is doing at the same moment as you, then this is the book you want to read. Interesting and realistic depictions of everyday activities that are all occurring simultaneously across the world, though at different times. There is a great map at the end of the book which shows which country each page occurs and in and what time it was in that place. Conceptually, this would be a great book to use for a geography unit or even a unit about time ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As a work of art, this book gets 4 stars, but I'm not sure who the audience is. The concept would go over younger kids' heads and older kids would think it's too babyish because it's a picture book. That said, aside from the text, the full page bleed illustrations are lovely and there's a lot to look at in each one. Exploring the illustrations would also be a good interactive parent-child activity. ...more
Lu Benke
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You're right, Jim, I really love this book! I'd love to use it in a class and talk about the layers, the narrator's voice, the perspectives, the rhythms, choices for each setting. Each page invites me in to guess what's going on in that instant in that setting with color, humor, and more stories outside the borders. So many things I wonder about and want to explore, not the least of which is why would the cover illustration obliterate the author's name? ...more
Rebecca Saxon
Both a great presentation and concept. The illustrations are colorful and engaging - perfect for storytime. And I love the concept: the story takes the reader to 23 locations around the world and illustrations an event/activity/moment happening at the same second in each. A wonderful book to get kids thinking internationally.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cool, comic-book-y, pop-art-y illustrations with drawings from around the world. Ruby loved looking at hte pictures and wondering what was happening BESIDES what was in the text. Cool on the diverse group of people, too, and gave us a chance to talk about how people might look different or do different things, but we are all humans together with more in common than not. Library find.
Shawn Thrasher
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book, a Portuguese import, is both stunning and irresistible. Each illustration, with caption, tells the story of a certain place, as we cross the world in a single second. My favorite illustration is captioned: "... a thief opens a door (perhaps to his own house, it's impossible to say). Love it! Each and every page is a little mediation on life and time. ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cool idea here: 1 second as depicted around the globe.

I liked that not every "second" depicted something earth-shattering, which gives this book a wonderful people-watching vibe. I also really liked that a wide variety of locales were represented and that a map is included following the story so that readers can trace the journey.

Recommended for all ages.
A second is captured from different cities around the world in this interesting picture book. With sparse text and illustrations that lend themselves to deep observation, we are able to share in these vignettes. This book has a great feel with large, thick pages and graphic illustrations that reminded me of block prints.
Ann Cox
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This picture book for children who are beginning to grasp the concept of time (ages 5-7) has gorgeous illustrations. The pictures also introduce children to places in the far corners of the world. Fascinating.
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