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Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  92 reviews
After magnifying the beauty of unseen organisms in Tiny Creatures, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton turn their talents to the vast variety of life on Earth.

The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one -- including us -- is part of a
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Candlewick Press (first published April 6th 2017)
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Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
We found this in the picture books for older readers section of our library. Beautiful illustrations show everything from microbes to extinct species with the message that if we want to continue seeing this wonderful diversity we need to look after it. There's a double page on what is damaging our world, pollution, deforestation, fishing etc. ...more
Whispering Stories
You can tell from all the books on animals that Nicola Davies has written, that she is fascinated with them. This book, though feels different to her other books that I have reviewed, and not just because it features all living things, rather than just animals.

In one sense it feels that it is targeting a younger market. From its hardcover, to its short, large lettered sentences, and softly drawn illustrations, rather than photographs. However, on the other hand it feels that it is targeting the
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Animal & Nature Lovers / Picture-Book Readers Looking for Titles With an Ecological Theme
British author/illustrator team Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, whose other collaborations include Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes and Grow: Secrets of Our DNA , turn to the subject of biological diversity in this wonderful work of picture-book natural history. Discussing the wealth of living creatures to be found on our planet, from the two kinds of elephant to the six hundred kinds of oak tree, from the one hundred thousand kinds of mushroom to the one billion kinds of microbe, th ...more
I have decided that I am now referring to Nicola Davies as the David Attenborough of children's books. Consistently in her work, she makes learning about the natural world (from microbes to blue whales) accessible, engaging, fascinating and informative for all ages. I like how she never over-states facts, information is gently shared and there is always room for the reader to reflect and ponder themselves. Sutton's illustrations are beautiful throughout with our little naturalist taking notes an ...more
Jaimie Morris
Lots is a story-based introduction to the concept of diversity and how there are all sorts of different organisms living on our planet, from the enormous to the teeny tiny, and how there are probably more things alive than we even know about. The language used is simple and accessible yet captures a surprising number of ideas that will make readers look at the world around them with new eyes. Conservation is a key theme, the story touching on how living things interact and rely upon one another ...more
A very important book about the importance of taking care of our planet and everyone and everything that lives on it.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding illustrations and text. Nicola Davies can do no wrong.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humane-education
This is a wonderful book that invites readers to share in the sheer joy and wonder of nature. Life teems around us, but is also fragile, and it's up to us to protect the world around us. The illustrations in this book have a delightful, classic look. Share this title with a young person today, and introduce them to the astounding world that surrounds us. ...more
Lauren Drake
This book is amazing. The pages are so colourful with the illustrations used and i found myself excited to look at and read each page due to this (and i think children would likely feel the same). I love that alongside the story Nicola Davies has inserted facts about some scientific topics which many children find tricky, such as microbes and the food chain. This book highlights the important of looking after the planet and the animals and plants on the planet to avoid extinction. I think this b ...more
Melissa Buck
A wonderful and colourful book illustrating the importance of looking after our planet as before we know it, it'll be gone. I live the use of colour in this book as it truly exciting to read and makes you wan to keep on reading. I think this book would be helpful for children to read as it highlights the facts around subjects like deforestation, pollution and mass fishing. ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Nice sentiment and some good information, but I wish they either had the "footnotes" on every page or no pages (my preference) for consistency. Also more conceptual than factual. ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely beautiful book, filled with colours and lovely drawings of lots of different creatures. I can't stress enough how pretty the drawings are, with so much attention to detail; this took a lot longer to read than the average picture book because of how much there is to look at!

Each page focuses on an animal, plant or living thing and gives us pictures and a little fact or two about them. It explores all sorts of different habitats and environments, and introduces the expected
Ellie L
A beautiful book that I feel children will treasure. Lots takes the reader along a journey of discovery and personal reflection. Following the adventures of a little explorer who observes the world, we are shown the big and the small- from those hidden within the depths of the ocean to the tiny mites living in the feathery home of a parrot. What I adored about this book is how Sutton and Davies show such a vast, connected and seemingly infinite variety of living things in such a close and intima ...more
Beautiful book on biodiversity extinction, etc.
Similar to Tiny Creatures, the meticulous, inviting illustrations provide the main appeal.
Books and Blocks
"How many different kinds of living things are there on our planet? One, two, three, LOTS!"

There are living things everywhere, from the top of the jungle to the bottom of the ocean. The more that we look, the more we will find. The book is an excellent illustrated introduction to how rich biological diversity on the Earth is, how all living things are all interconnected in a big, beautiful and complicated pattern. It also touches upon important challenging issues facing biodiversity, not through
Payton Spainhour
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book tells readers about life on earth. The author talks about the smallest of microbes to the biggest of creatures, from the depths of the sea to the tallest trees and the sky, and from the old species to the brand new species. The beautiful illustrations show just how diverse life can be in one forest, but also how the habits of humans today are destroying the beautiful, diverse world around us. So many species have already gone instinct, and this book reminds us that we need to pay more ...more
I always thought it was wonderful to introduce my students to the idea of scientific identification, learning how the "Many" animals ended in the specific classification that each one did. I remember one time talking about ants, learning there are about 12,000 species of them on earth. Wow! This book introduces that concept so beautifully, beginning with one - girl, two - flower, three - ant, then MANY! Big and little, different and similar, Nicola Davies shares a few facts. For one "big" examp ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Davies, Nicola Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, illustrated by Emily Sutton. NONFICTION. Candlewick Press, 2017. $15.99.

Many uses illustrations and a minimal number of words to celebrate the wide diversity of life on Earth. A call to action at the end informs readers that many species have already gone extinct and encourages readers to ensure that the remaining ones are protected.

This book would work especially well for an Earth Day lesson or as an opener to a discussion on biodiversity and
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book invites readers to think about the wide amount of diversity in the animals and plants that live on our planet. The book offers a small scientific facts on some pages, giving a closer look at things like mushrooms, microbes, elephants, and habitats. The book moves on to fill pages with images of different types of animals, one fascinating two-page spread has animals that were discovered in the last 50 years. It also explores food cycles for several different species. The book en ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-3-non-fiction
From the creators of the distinctive, award winning title, Tiny Creatures, comes another wondrous non-fiction story, Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth. Every page exhibits the bountiful diversity of our species, and the balance it naturally creates. Double page spreads of ecosystems are gorgeously rendered in watercolor, showing the beauty of the species' diversity which nature provides, until the end of the story. At this point readers views the irresponsibility human destruction is creating ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
The cover and title alone would’ve been enough for me to give this five stars. Biodiversity beautifully illustrated? That’s my jam! But opening it up and going page by page was an experience I thoroughly savored, getting lost in each of the wonderful and detailed illustrations. There was a lot of cool information and the names of featured species would be fun for any kid to read or hear read. The theme of conservation and responsibility towards the planet and biodiversity was presented well: we ...more
Wow, the pages are truly remarkable, full of colour and magnificent illustrations. This would be great to explore on a 1:1 basis in KS1 as there are lots of extra details that can be read as well as the story. Additionally, it would be great for children to interrupt and ask questions about all the facts they are discovering which isn't always practical as a class read. I love the messages Davies puts across to the reader, I don't think it's ever too early to encourage children to look after our ...more
Lou Rocama
This is probably the best conservation book for children I've read. Granted, I can think of only two others at present, but I'm sure there are more.

The text starts very easy with counting and gets more complex as it goes. This plateaus at the food chain, then goes through extinction and conservation. There are unobtrusive italics on some pages with asides that can be skipped if necessary (ex. "all of these animals were discovered in the last fifty years"). The pictures are detailed and colorful
Food chains, pollution, cause and effect, diversity, animals, interdependence, ecosystems

Some reviews said that the illustrations were too busy. Some reviews said that this books was bleak. I say that it depends on what your focus is! The illustrations are gorgeous; the text and illustrations remind us what a remarkable, brilliant, blessed, diverse world we live in! There is MUCH to appreciate and enjoy and admire; we should care for it like the precious miracle that it is and not abuse these re
Amy Layton
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boy, did this book pack a punch.  It lulls you in with its beautiful illustrations and depictions of the various animals in the world alongside factual tidbits and then tells you all about how multiple species are now extinct, including some we probably have no idea about.  I certainly didn't expect this book, this beautiful book, to be so political, and I love it all the more for that.   It's honest, it's real, and it doesn't shy away from hard truths.  

Review cross-listed here!
Adrienne G
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-nonfiction
This story is a great introduction for children on the basics of biodiversity and human's effect on the environment. The footnotes/additional illustration information are helpful if you are reading the story one-on-one (adult to child). I'm going to play around with it to see if I will be able to adapt it for a group storytime, the illustrations at times can be a bit busy but with a old enough crowd I think they would really enjoy it. ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love illustrated children’s books like this one that cover a scientific idea or concept rather than a particular animal. This one does a great job of illustrating biodiversity. Doesn’t really do anything to help the reader conceptualize the magnitude of things 5,000 vs 100,000 vs 2,000,000. There is a little bit of mismatch between the simplistic language and the ability to conceptualize numbers that big.
Megan Jackson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is GORGEOUS! The illustrations have so many details you need several minutes to absorb everything on each page and take it all in. The message in the book is a simple one that really hits deep and will resonate with kids and adults. I checked this out of the public library, but will be purchasing a copy for myself.
Tam Newell
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Many explores how vast our living world is in simple prose. Woven within the text are various facts about life cycles, animal species, and animal discoveries. The book is great to teach students about citizenship and responsibility as it briefly explores the effects man has on other living things. .
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