Review: It’s Only One

Book Title: It’s Only One (available here)

Author: Tracey Corderoy

Illustrator: Tony Neal

Publisher: Little Tiger Press

Publication Date: September 2020

Most Suitable for: KS1

Reviewer: Jo Littlewood

Sunnyville is the perfect place to live. The animals live in peace and harmony and everyone is friendly to one another. Until one day, Rhino tosses a sweet wrapper over his shoulder. “It’s only one” …until everyone is doing the same. This one action begins a domino effect which results in Sunnyville being a lot less than perfect with everyone being grumpy and doing as they please. Then little mouse has an idea, and ‘only one’ small act starts a whole wave of small acts and turns Sunnyville around.

With appealing animal characters to draw in the reader, this is a wonderful story about being good neighbours and caring for the world around us. The bright illustrations are eye catching and full of detail, with plenty of things to talk about. The accessible language would make it a great read aloud in key stage 1.

This book would be great to use in PSHE lessons about looking after our planet or our local area, as well as what it means to be part of a community. The pictures could be used to prompt discussion about what the characters could do better, and there are tips from the key characters about suggested ‘’rules’ for being a good neighbour.

In a world where children are told they can make a difference to their world, this is a great example of how ‘only one’ small act can start a whole chain of events.


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