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One Girl

Written by Andrea Beaty

Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on One Girl

Beautifully told and illustrated allegorical adventure

Beautifully told and illustrated this luminous allegorical adventure describes how one little girl’s dark and lonely existence is lit up by the arrival of ‘one spark’ in the form of a book – ‘faint and fading in the dark’. The spark’s embers glow and catch light and we see the girl follow them through an extraordinary world, brightened always by books, falling Alice in Wonderland-like from the sky, sprouting flowers and always shining in the dark. Enrolled at school, her heart’s delight, her story takes flight again from the pages of a book to transform another lonely girl’s life. There’s lots to wonder at, but the overall message is clear – the transforming, empowering, joy-bringing importance of books and education. The rhyming text carries readers along and the illustrations seem lit up from within. A book that deserves a wide audience and one that will start both dreams and discussions.

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One Girl Synopsis

One girl. One spark. Faint and fading in the dark. Flicker . . . Flicker . . . Flicker . . . Glow. Tiny ember. Burning low.

Inspired by the global movement to empower girls through education, this lyrical story tells of one small girl who reads a book that lights a spark. She shares what she learns with her class, and the spark grows. The girl is then moved to write her own story, which she shares with girls around the globe, and it ignites a spark in them, lighting up the whole world.

This heartwarming and moving narrative shows how books and education can inspire change and how one child can make a huge difference.

One Girl Press Reviews

. . .This poetic tribute to story focuses on the power of a potential unleashed. -- Publishers Weekly

Beatty's rhyming text is charmingly sparse: each word is carefully chosen, and the language glimmers with precision. Much of the story is told by Phumiruk's gorgeous illustrations. . . The words and pictures work in synchrony, creating a lyrical call to action encouraging children to find their voices and, simultaneously, their inner strength. -- Kirkus Reviews

Book Information

ISBN: 9781419719059
Publication date: 6th October 2020
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: Dow Phumiruk
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers an imprint of Abrams
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Ecological and Environmental, Family / Home Stories, Politics & Law, Personal Social Health Economic

About Andrea Beaty

Andrea Beaty is the author of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, among other children’s titles. She lives just outside Chicago. I was raised in southern Illinois in a town so small I knew everybody and their pets. And they all knew me. I was one of six kids and we spent our summer days traipsing through the fields and forests hunting for adventure. We often found it. And sometimes it found us.  Always, it was fun and often, we laughed so hard we blew Orange Crush or Grape Nehi Soda out our noses. I still ...

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