We're back! You can now place requests for physical library materials on this website. Please contact your local library for hold pickup information.

The world in a second

by Martins, Isabel Minhós,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Easy E Martins
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Easy
Call Number  E Martins
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books qj FICTION Martins
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
Call Number  qj FICTION Martins
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books qj FICTION Martins
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  qj FICTION Martins
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea MARTINS Isabel
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea MARTINS Isabel

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, Angola, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Hungry, Brazil, and South Africa, among others.

So, while you sit turning the pages of this book, things are happening everywhere. Somewhere, a wave is reaching the shore. Elsewhere, an orange falls from a tree. In yet other places, there's a traffic jam, a stuck elevator, and someone's going to sleep. Inevitably, a book is coming to an end as another is beginning. Time is always in a hurry, never, ever stopping, and yet as you focus on these lovely illustrations, which stand as true evocations of place, time begins to slow down and, for moments, it even feels as if time has stopped, and you are transported - out of the flow of time and into the wholeness and purity of a moment. A moment of bird flight; a moment of daydreaming while washing the dishes; a moment of wondering how something felt and what came next.

Isabel Minhós Martins is a Portuguese author and publisher whose words are found in works of poetry, children's books, magazines, comic books, and scripts for animations. She is also the publisher of Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing company. Several of her books have already been published by the Tate.

Bernardo Carvalho is an illustrator and graphic designer from Lisbon whose work has been honored with multiple awards.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "First published in 2008, this contemplative thought experiment joins recent books like Bob Graham's The Silver Button and Clotilde Perrin's At the Same Moment, Around the World in encouraging children to consider the many things that can occur in the space of a single moment in time. Martins, who collaborated with Carvahlo on the movement-themed Coming and Going, introduces 23 scenes in short, captionlike bursts that keep the focus on the large, richly colored images. The scenes can be mundane ("In a Portuguese orchard, a ripe orange falls"), joyful ("A wave reaches the shore" of a South African beach, dense with happy swimmers), and even unnerving: in the Italian city of Pescara, "A thief opens a door (perhaps to his own house, it's impossible to say)." Each spread is numbered (a closing map reveals a location and timestamp for each moment), and the questions the images raise (What will become of that storm-battered ship in the Baltic Sea? Will those New Yorkers ever get out of that elevator?) will stick with readers-for longer than a second, anyway. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Time -- Juvenile fiction.
Space and time -- Juvenile fiction.
Time -- Fiction.
Space and time -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Mundo num segundo.
World in one second
Contributors Carvalho, Bernardo, illustrator.
Miller-Lachmann, Lyn, 1956- translator.
Language English
Translated from the Portuguese.
Notes Translation of: O mundo num segundo.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 28 cm
ISBN 9781592701575
Other Classic View