All Alone

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.

It's always fun to spend time with friends, but every now...

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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.

It's always fun to spend time with friends, but every now and then it's nice to be by yourself. When you're alone, there is no end to what you can imagine and no limit to what you can do. You might hear the trees breathe in the wind. Maybe you'll feel tall enough to taste the sky or so small that you can hide behind a stone. Best of all, you can look at yourself both inside and out and know that no one is just like you. Originally published in 1981, All Alone was Kevin Henkes's first book for children. With a pitch-perfect text and full-color paintings that capture the wonder and delight of a child's world, this remarkably accomplished debut is available again for a new generation of readers.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060541156
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 515,082
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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    1. Hometown:
      Madison, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 27, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Racine, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
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