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All the World Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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"Tackling a topic no smaller than the world itself, Scanlon (A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes) and Frazee (A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever) invite children to explore a variety of its settings, starting with a beach where a young interracial family plays. Frazee's warm, endearing vignettes...are a joyous counterpart to Scanlon's text. Together they create an empathic, welcoming whole." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED
"Scanlon's text has a child-friendly simplicity reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown...All the World will win audiences with a sensibility both timeless and thoroughly modern." -- Horn Book Magazine, STARRED
"It's hard to imagine a cozier and more spacious world. At once a lullaby and an invigorating love song to nature, families and interconnectedness." -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
"Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee capture the give-and-take between comfort and wonder in their exquisite new book All the World. ...Scanlon and Frazee pull it off with brilliant simplicity...Scanlon's verse and Frazee's illustrations play off one another like the music and lyrics of a great song. ... Don't miss this one." -- The Washington News Tribune
"... [a] shining, subtle craftsmanship that moves this title from merely enjoyable to genuinely inspired... In short, it's a moving and accessible celebration of the poetry of ordinary human life." -- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
"All the World pulls off the most magical trick of picture books: To make a grand statement of mystery and wonder in the humble 36-page format of a few paintings and a handful of words." -- Newsday
"Liz Garton's gentle daylight-to-moonrise text reflects and respects this child-centric version of the universe even as it lulls young listeners with rhythms as gentle as waves....Against the backdrop of this almost ethereal text, Marla Frazee['s]...illustrations echo the rhythm of the verse, alternating between sweeping double-page panoramas and vignettes that mimic the motion of the words. Perfect." -- The Washington Post Book World
"There's a wonderful balanced imbalance between the sweeping largeness of the pictures and the spare script of perfectly chosen words." -- The Chicago Tribune
"All the small moments connect to a larger shared experience, Scanlon's (A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes) words and Frazee's pictures seem to say... Frazee lets out all the stops... Masterful." -- Shelf Awareness
Top Customer Reviews
1. The first section of the book deals with a child's connection to nature (seashore, garden, trees, gusting winds leading into summer showers) focusing on a brother and sister as they interact with the world around them.
2. The summer shower becomes the transition from the world of nature to the children's connection with the world of human beings as they enter into a intimate and cozy restaurant for supper. In this section the people we've been seeing in the background of previous illustrations become larger.
3. People of various cultures are seen eating and working together (in the restaurant kitchen) and then playing musical instruments in the home of the children who are the focal characters in the story.
There is so much about this book that catches a child's imagination and so many ways it can be used to enrich their understanding of the world around them. There is so much for a child to discover in the illustrations alone. One of my students pointed out the fact that whenever the two children headed to a new location the artist painted it in the distance.
Another wonderful aspect of the book is how it starts in the morning and ends at night time. We see the world and it's inhabitants transition from the activities and landscapes of the day to those associated with the evening.
I highly recommend this book to parents and teachers of young children & anyone who loves beautiful illustrations.
Minus: the reading level is listed here as 9 to 12. But really, this is a read-aloud book for younger children (kindergarten and below). Some pages only have a few words. Older children would probably enjoy it also, for the message and beautiful pictures---but once would likely be enough. Also, because of the layout, some of the pictures that go with the words don't appear until you turn the page. That means new readers won't be able to use the pictures to help decode the words.
Originally I gave this three stars, but I came back and bumped it to four after reading it aloud to my daughter (age six). It was worth the cozy moment (although she hasn't asked to read it since, and she reads at the fourth-grade level). It would be a nice book to read with a grandchild. It is definitely a READ ALOUD book---something I'd probably choose from the library vs. a purchase, and not something I'd expect a child to choose to read on his or her own.
"Rock, stone, pebble, sand
Body, shoulder, arm, hand
A moat to dig, a shell to keep
All the world is wide and deep."
There are nine easy-to-recite-aloud stanzas to the poem that comprises the text of ALL THE WORLD. The poetry and images lead us through an idyllic day of surf and sandcastles; community-based agriculture; tree-climbing and bike-riding; and an incoming, late-afternoon downpour that sends everyone scuttling to the shelter of a cafe nestled among big trees. A post-storm quiet dusk becomes the prelude to a joyful evening when all the book's multigenerational characters gather for an impromptu acoustic jam. Everyone -- young and old -- is connected; everyone is part of the whole. Then, the hugs and pajamas.
Immersing us in a palette of blues, greens, tans, and browns that make my heart sing, illustrator Marla Frazee moves us effortlessly back and forth from the close-up intimacy of the characters connecting with one another, to expansive, double-page spreads that reveal the characters as being like little pebbles amidst the breathtaking beauty of our big and beautiful planet.
Which brings us back to the cover which show a big brother and little sister with their backs to us, gazing out to endless sea and sky from their vantage point upon a flower-covered seaside rise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I buy this book for everyone. It's not as well known so it's a great baby gift. I also get it for my kids' primary teachers and have the class sign it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by A & B
This is a classic, one of our family's top 5 books. I would consider the illustrations artwork.Published 1 month ago by bmeck
This is by far his favorite book, a must have for new moms! I wish there was a better way amazon would show you in cart exactly which format you were purchasing for the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It is amazing that this book got no ratings of 1 or 2 stars. That speaks to its beauty. I picked it up at a book fair at my preschool and fell in love with it on first reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Music
This is a wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated children's book- great for all ages (my three year old loves it and I buy them as gifts for graduating college students as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Literally my absolutely favorite children's book. My daughter and I have it memorized -- we no longer even need to look at the pages, but if we didn't, we'd miss the fantastic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liz Polk