#1010 – One Minute by Somin Ahn

one-minute_fc One Minute
Written and Illustrated by Somin Ahn
Chronicle Books  11/15/2016
36 pages    Ages 3—5

“Sometimes one
minute is short.

“Sometimes one
minute is long.

“In one minute, you can blink your eyes twenty times, hug your dog, say hello to a friend, or plant seeds. In one minute, you can also watch the rain or save a life.” [PRESS RELEASE]

What can you do in one minute? The young Korean girl has learned about time and now understands one minute. “One minute is sixty seconds. In one minute, the second hand moves sixty times while the long hand moves once.” And in one minute, many things can happen. You can say hi to a neighbor, hug your dog, and blink your eyes twenty times. But one minute can be a short time or a long time. How is this possible? Perception and event.
timeOne Minute is a sweet discourse about how time is experience. The young girl gives examples of one minute passing slowly and quickly. One minute can be important or something awful can happen. You can even save a life, in one minute. The young girl will move you. She understands, at least subconsciously, how important time can be and that one needs to live each minute with purpose, if for no other reason than never knowing what the next one minute will bring.
rainThe illustrations are simple, yet elegantly portray the young girl and her sense of time. Readers will want to take time to look at each spread and feel the emotion carried by the soft color pencil images. Ahn’s grasp of children and their unique sense of time can captivate readers—with short, thought-provoking vignettes.

At a window, the young girl and her dog watch the falling rain—or nothing at all—she on her knees, her pup up on stretched paws. “Sometimes one minute is nothing.”

Young children learning about time will understand the young girl’s sense of purpose and urgency. At the end, readers will understand why sixty seconds is important to the girl—if not already understood from her poignant examples. Children experience time differently than adults, who tend to count the hours or days, not the minutes. One Minute will engage and inspire young children and the adults who read this beautiful picture book to them.
one-minute_int-1Debut’s are often hit or miss affairs. One Minute is definitely a delightful hit. Life, in one-minute increments, can bring many things. In one minute, a young girl can tearfully say goodbye and in another one-minute happily say hello to a new world. What can happen in your one minute?

One Minute is Somin Ahn’s first children’s book.

ONE MINUTE. Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Somin Ahn. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Chronicle Books, San Francisco CA.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

One Minute
Written and Illustrated by Somin Ahn
Chronicle Books 11/15/2016

6 thoughts on “#1010 – One Minute by Somin Ahn

  1. Sue, I absolutely adore the concept of this book 🙂 There are “teaching time” books that have a similar approach, comparing all measures of time in that way so they’re understood. What I really love about it is that it teaches that time is life and it’s not something to be squandered 😀


    • You’re right, I think this is what makes One Minute so special. One minute is not much time, right: “Wait a minute.” But it really is a long time, and the younger you are the longer it is. (Maybe the older you get, too. One minute seems to be getting longer nad longer.)

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  2. Sue, This sounds like such a sweet story. For a kid sitting in time out, I’m sure it feels like forever plus some. The illustrations are adorable. Thanks for reviewing this book. I’ll put it on my list.

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