On the beach, a brother and sister create their own tiny marine world in a bucket. With its wildlife, shells, oil and even a tin can, it is a microcosm of the larger world outside; a world polluted by ocean plastics, deforestation, and the burning of fossil fuels.

With a series of stunning watercolours, the multi award-winning Michael Foreman makes clear his underlying concern about pollution within the environment. 30 years since it was first published, One World is more relevant with every passing day.


Michael Foreman is one of the most talented and popular creators of children's books today. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal two times and has been the UK nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award twice. His highly acclaimed books are published all over the world. He is married and has three sons. He divides his time between St Ives in Cornwall and London.


Michael Foreman has a flair for turning a book into a special occasion.

Quentin Blake

An important book

The School Librarian

No less an impressive statement for being a work of art . . . Foreman’s magical blues and yellows and the indefinite lines of his drawing underline the symbolic message . . . A quietly disturbing book this, which I fancy children will help their parents to understand.

The Junior Bookshelf

Foreman’s characteristically spacious composition and subtly graded washes are in close harmony with his theme of the vastness and fragility of the natural world.


I can’t praise One World enough . . . a wonderful thought provoking book about just how fragile our planet can be.

The Bookbag

A wonderfully reflective tale.


A beautiful environmental mediatation is the essence of Michael Foreman’s stunning One World – lovely.

The School Librarian

Powerful stuff . . . children will be awakened to these (environmental) issues while reading this insightful book.


Stunning watercolours illustrate this magnificent book

Green Parent

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