All Alone

All Alone

by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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When you are alone, you can do all sorts of things -- pretend you are tiny (or enormous), hear things other people can't hear, and see things they can't see. Being alone is fine -- sometimes.

Kevin Henke's first book makes it clear that he remembers his own childhood and respects that time in others. His remarkable paintings have a life and luminescense that are

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Overview

When you are alone, you can do all sorts of things -- pretend you are tiny (or enormous), hear things other people can't hear, and see things they can't see. Being alone is fine -- sometimes.

Kevin Henke's first book makes it clear that he remembers his own childhood and respects that time in others. His remarkable paintings have a life and luminescense that are unforgettable.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kevin Henkes offers a meditative reflection on the joys of solitude in his first book, All Alone, originally published more than 20 years ago. A boy contemplates the joys of using his imagination-"When I'm alone,/ I can change my size any way I like./ I can be tall enough to taste the sky"-ultimately concluding that being all alone is fun "for just a while." Watercolor-and-colored-pencil art complements the gentle text with timeless images of nature and wonder. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Children need time alone—quiet time to explore and to wonder at the world—and sometimes adults may forget how new and surprising that world can be to kids. The little boy in this story spends some time by himself and reflects, realizing that when he is alone he hears more and sees more. He can hear the trees breathe and he can make out shapes in their tangled roots. He basks in the sun and stretches up to taste the sky, but he also thinks about his friends, wondering what they are doing, for he doesn't spend all his days alone. He just wants to live all by himself for a while. The artwork is done in watercolors and colored pencils and each picture appears sealed within glass, the moment captured as a precious memory. The story was originally published over twenty years ago, but today's children may need that sense of quiet, that interlude, more than ever because their days are often scheduled and busy. 2003 (orig. 1981), Greenwillow/HarperCollins,
— Carolyn Mott Ford <%ISBN%>0060541156

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060541156
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
613,372
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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