One Well

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-55337-954-6 | Feb 1, 2007 List Price:
USD $18.95, CAD $19.95

4-color • 9 x 12 • 32 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life.

All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well.

Water has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.


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Educational Resources


Habitats and communities
Global awareness
Cultures, Local & Global Community


Guided Reading
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Accelerated Reader Interest Level
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Illustrated Guide


citizenship   community   conservation and protection   oceans   water   global awareness   environmental   habitats   nature   energy and matter


Teaching Guide
Book Trailer

Reviews & Awards


“…encourages children ages 7 and up to think about the power we each have to initiate positive changes in the world.”
Breitbart, February 2008

One Well fills a huge void…This beautifully illustrated and superbly written book is exactly the tool needed to bring awareness of the life-giving importance of water to a whole new generation.”
— Maude Barlow, Chair, Council of Canadians, Author of Blue Gold, April 2007

One Well is a much needed drink for those of us thirsting to help protect our planet’s threatened water supplies. Appropriate for children of all ages, this richly illustrated book provides valuable perspectives on the sources of water, value to all living things, present threats and constructive suggestions for water conservation. Bravo to Ms. Strauss and Ms. Woods for a valuable contribution to a subject vital to us all.”
— Jean-Michel Cousteau, Founder and President Ocean Futures Society, Inc., March 2007

“This beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book should be read and acted upon by every family member. I hope that it will be available in every school library in the world. The message it brings is critical to all humans and indeed all life on the planet.”
— Charles Hopkins, United Nations University Chair for Education for Sustainable Development, York University, March 2007

“The facts are as dramatic as the threat of loss.”
Booklist, Starred Review, February 2007


2008 Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner
2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Santa Monica Public Library, Winner
2008 Sigurd F Olson Nature Writing Award for Children’s Literature, Winner
2008 Notable Books for a Global Society, International Reading Association, Winner
2008 Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2007 Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed
2007 International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Winner
2007 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, CBC, Winner