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O is for Optimism and One World, Many Colors

Optimism is a much needed item now. And while the current situation is grim, the fact that the global society is working together towards a common goal is definitely one reason to be optimistic, don’t you agree? And if you need more to be optimistic, then according to an article I read in the New York Times, optimism can be learned. So there you go, we can all become optimists – it just needs some practice (and of course, the courage to hope!!)

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” –Nelson Mandela

And I do love this quote below as well:

“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.” William Arthur Ward

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The Book (does give me optimism!)

One World, Many Colors

Book Info

Title: One World, Many Colors
Author: Ben Lerwill
Illustrator: Alheteia Straathof
Publishers: Quarto Publishing Group
Pub Date: 17 Mar 2020
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
Age-Range: 5 – 7 years (and up!!)
Source: NetGalley


We share one world, we share many colors.

One World, Many Colors is a lyrical celebration of the vibrant colors waiting to be found in all corners of the world. From the ice-white plains of Antarctica to the soft pink blossoms of the Japanese countryside. The same colors can be found everywhere else in the world, in nature, in our cities, and in our cultures.

From travel writer Ben Lerwill, and with beautiful illustrations from Alette Straathof this non-fiction picture book opens children’s eyes to the wonders of the world and the spectrum of color that we share.

My Thoughts

One World, Many Colors takes us on a virtual journey around the world, and featuring another book like this was totally unintentional, but here it is.

Take your young readers on a colorful trip from the deserts of Oman to the forests of Brazil, from the depth of the oceans to the highest peaks, from Spain’s sunflower fields to Japan’s cherry blossom filled streets, from icy Antarctica to warm Kenyan lakes where flamingos reside. Enjoy delicious pastries in Paris after a ride in the familiar yellow taxi cab in New York city, and then hop on the iconic red bus in London to see the pyramids of Giza.

The simple and easy to understand text accompanied with the colorful and whimsical watercolor illustrations effortlessly portrays unity in diversity. And the artwork includes many little details that will be sure to delight the readers.

I truly love the subtle yet strong message of this book – that we all have one beautiful, colorful and truly wonderful world to share and to cherish, so we should do it well!

In Summary

A book that will make a great addition to classroom and school libraries; and the perfect gift for the young traveler (well, any young one) in your life.

And perfect for current armchair travel needs as well!!! 🙂

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Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital ARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading the book.

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns. The pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose. –Khalil Gibran

My ‘O’ Book Stack

The Books

  • On Writing the College Application Essay
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • The Oath of the Vayuputras
  • The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need
  • Organize Yourself
  • OCD, The Dude, and Me
  • One fish two fish red fish blue fish

Quick Notes

I got the college application essay book on a recent trip to a local used bookstore. And hoping it will prove useful for when my son (who is a junior this year in high school) has to work on his essays.

As for the others, I have read bits and pieces of the two non-fiction books and of course, have read the Dr. Seuss many times over.

“The predominant quality of successful people is optimism. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.” -Brian Tracy

Random Thing(s) for ‘O’ Day

Are you omnilegant? Then you are most likely omniloquent too. Omnilegant refers to someone extremely well-read or familiar with a great amount of literature and omniloquent refers to one who can talk about any possible subject. I consider myself lucky that I do know many people like that (I am working to get there).

Then there are these words that I had to include (simply because they sounded so odd and quirky)

Oom (v): This is a Scot word I would love to use. It means to appear hazily through mist or darkness.

Then there is oose (n), which refers to the furry dust that gathers under beds!!

And I love that I found this word thanks to MentalFloss to continue my theme of mishmashes! Omnium-gatherum is a half-Latin-half-English word (also spelled omnigatherum) for a random assortment of things, or an odd-job man or jack-of-all-trades.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”  –John Wooden

And now, the end of this post

So, dear reader, as always, a couple of questions for you. Have you read any of the pictured books in my ‘O’ stack? Any comments on them? Any interesting ‘O’ words or facts for me?

And leaving you with a quote from The Tramp himself

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” -Charlie Chaplin

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17 thoughts on “O is for Optimism and One World, Many Colors

    1. One World, Many Colors sounds like an exciting book for children to take an imaginary adventure. From our stack, how I remember Old Man and the Sea and of course I’ll never forget One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish. My children, grandxt and even great grandchildren have read that!

  1. One World, Many Colors sounds like a great book. Optimism is something everyone needs at this time, and it sounds like this book can help.

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