- Age Range: 2 - 4 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company; Reprint edition (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0935699074
- ISBN-13: 978-0935699074
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All I See Is Part of Me Hardcover – September 1, 1994
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About the Author
Since her Minnesota school days, Chara Curtis has immersed herself in creative writing. After working in advertising and music publishing in Chicago and Nashville, she moved to Northwest Washington State to make writing her full-time vocation. Chara's other award-winning picture books include Fun is a Feeling, How Far to Heaven?, and Washington State Governor's Writers Award winner No One Walks on My Father's Moon.
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It is, perhaps, particularly valuable at a time when physicists are sounding more and more like mystics; Neil DeGrasse Tyson has said that we are part of the universe and the universe is part of us and that should make us feel large, not insignificant. That key truth is the crux of "All I See is Part of Me."
Chara Curtis's poetic story begins with a small child of indeterminate gender (some children see a girl, some a boy and that is part of the charm) sitting on a hilltop and observing the world, solipsistically sensing that it was all somehow connected to her (or him). That feeling is confirmed by conversations with the various elements of the world: Brother Sun and Sister Star. These encourage the child to look inside to find the connection with the Universe, manifesting as a light (energy).
"All the plants, the animals and trees
Are in your light, and you are these."
In that light, the child finds all the answers to any question that can be asked, and touches, in a profound way, eternity.
This simply stated story is not the only star of the book however. Cynthia Aldrich's amazing pastel illustrations more than support the theme of the book. Their softness and luminosity are awe inspiring, a perfect compliment to the poetry. The bright colors and incredible use of light enthrall young children.
This is a kind of spirituality for the 21st Century when science and faith are coming closer to each other than they ever have. It is non-sectarian; quite the opposite. It is an expression, on a level even a child can understand, of the Spirit that moves the Universe and is accessible in the smallest blade of grass.
"I said a prayer I know was heard,
`Cause all I am hears every word."
I have been searching since before my 2 year old was born for a book that is simple enough for him to stay focused on through the whole reading, yet one that conveys a message of oneness with the world around us. This book does that in the most beautiful, sweetest way. When I opened it and read it to myself, I realized I had tears in my eyes. It is the sweetest story of a child who is questioning himself and the world around him. By asking questions of the Sun and the Star, he realizes that he is part of everything in this world, and everything is part of him. At the end of the story, he falls asleep knowing in his heart that he goes on everywhere, and everything beautiful in the world exists within himself.
I read it to my son this afternoon and he was totally captivated with the illustrations and the short rhymes on each page. This book will be our bedtime book each night, and I'm sure will become the gift to give to other children we know. This is a must have for any family who appreciates the innate wisdom and beauty of nature and the fact that we are all connected to the world and each other.