All the World

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All the world is here.

It is there.

It is everywhere.

All the world is right where you are.

Now.

Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from ...

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Overview

All the world is here.

It is there.

It is everywhere.

All the world is right where you are.

Now.

Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky

2009 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Charming illustrations and lyrical rhyming couplets speak volumes in celebration of the world and humankind, combining to create a lovely book that will be appreciated by a wide audience... Perfection." — School Library Journal STARRED

"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

Kristi Jemtegaard
To children, "all the world" is who they know, what they see and where they are. 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…The illustrations echo the rhythm of the verse, alternating between sweeping double-page panoramas and vignettes that mimic the motion of the words.
—The Washington Post
Andrew Bast
All the World, [Scanlon's] second book, weaves a sumptuous and openhearted poem of 18 couplets over 38 pages, all revolving around the title's singsong refrain. The verses take readers from an unexplored beach to a busy music-filled family room and into a tranquil, moonlit night. Beautifully illustrated by Marla Frazee, who won a Caldecott Honor this year for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, it's the kind of book that will be pulled off the shelf at bedtime over and over again.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
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: “A moat to dig, a shell to keep/ All the world is wide and deep.” Tucked into a corner of the scene is a farmer's market, which becomes the focus of a subsequent spread (“Tomato blossom, fruit so red/ All the world's a garden bed”). This clever linking of Frazee's blithesome watercolor and pencil-streaked illustrations echoes the book's larger goal: to show the world's connectivity. The lively verse is consistently reassuring, even as life's stumbling blocks get their moment (“Slip, trip, stumble, fall/ Tip the bucket, spill it all/ Better luck another day/ All the world goes round this way”). Frazee's warm, endearing vignettes—a mother studying with her baby, grandparents embracing in their bathrobes—are a joyous counterpart to Scanlon's text. Together they create an empathic, welcoming whole. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A series of rhymed couplets in hand-lettered text flow across the wide double pages as we follow a young family through a day of discovering that "All the world is wide and deep." They dig in the sandy shore, choose a tree to plant at a farmers' market, sightsee, and are caught in a thunderstorm. They dry off and have dinner in a restaurant, then return home as the sun sets. Family members gather for a musical get-together and mutual enjoyment. The message of pleasure in the world around us is clearly stated: "All the world is everything. Everything is you and me. Hope and peace and love and trust/ All the world is all of us." The few words are caption-like, only pointing out objects or actions. Black Prisma color pencil and watercolors create attractive, sensitive illustrations. Some scenes are detailed, as in the farmers' market with stalls, pots of flowers, and families socializing. The vertical downpour is striking as we peer through the watery curtain at a deserted pond and empty landscape with a single beach ball to make the human connection. This strong, contented, happy, hopeful message is delivered both visually and verbally. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
In flowing rhyme, Scanlon zooms outwards from smallness to bigness: "Rock, stone, pebble, sand / Body, shoulder, arm, hand / A moat to dig, / a shell to keep / All the world is wide and deep." Watercolor-and-line illustrations show several beach close-ups of siblings playing before pulling back to reveal the seashore and cove. Next: "Hive, bee, wings, hum / Husk, cob, corn, / yum! / Tomato blossom, fruit so red / All the world's a garden bed." Close-up on people tending bees and plants, then a broad double-page spread of farmstands and fields. Frazee connects all scenes with black pencil lines of shading, texture and motion. Her gift at drawing postures graces every page as multicolored families climb trees, get drenched by rain, seek a lit cafe at twilight and play in a musical jam session. An occasional grumpy child and wailing baby prevents idealization, but 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. (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
This DVD for the picture book, All the World, has brought together the right combination for a winning experience: a perfect narrator, lovely animation, nice sound effects, and a good story. All the World follows a family and friends over the course of a day, from morning till night. The story reveals the beauty in life in all things great and small; from a shell to the ocean, from the rain to a warm meal. This story comes alive, beginning with the narrator: Joanne Woodward, an actress of stage and screen. She adds warmth and subtle joy as she reads. Her inflections and tone unearths meaning and depth to the words but is not over dramatized. The animation is the same style as in the book. The use of full animation in bits and pieces helps to empathize key moments and action as the family moves from place to place and as we watch friends and their experience, too. The sound effects fill in those little gaps only when necessary. Hearing a child calling to her mother, and her mother responding adds to the warmth. However, these voices are in the background and are added strategically, as is the music enhancing the total experience. This is a wonderful DVD and one you'll want to show your child over and over again. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416985808
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 63,036
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous celebrated picture books, including Noodle & Lou and the Caldecott Honor recipient All the World. Liz is an adjunct professor of creative writing at Austin Community College, and her poetry has been published widely in literary journals. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas. Visit her at LizGartonScanlon.com.

Marla Frazee has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant; Stars by Mary Lyn Ray; All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, which received a 2010 Caldecott Honor; Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers; and Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox; as well as her own Farmer and the Clown; Boot & Shoe; The Boss Baby; Walk On!; Roller Coaster; Santa Claus the World’s Number One Toy Expert; and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, which received a 2009 Caldecott Honor. She is also the illustrator of the bestselling Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California. Visit her at MarlaFrazee.com.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Beautiful Illustrations!

    This is a children's book which says ages 9-12, but my 4 year old liked it's simplicity and rhymes - not to mention the beautiful and detailed illustrations that grace every page. (I just found another site which places this in the 3-7 age group which I feel is more appropriate.)

    It follows a family from morning until night with various places, activities, weather - all the while reaffirming that everything that happens is part of our world - yet at the same time, a part of the bigger world - so we are all really connected. Did that make sense? That is what I got out of it at least.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Beautiful Illustrations but a Tad Geocentric

    I'm going to get reamed by some people for this review, but I call it like it is. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They inject humor into the story in some places and I enjoy that it shows people of all skin tones and ancestral backgrounds.

    The poetry is simplistic (which you want in a child's book) and easy to understand. The concept is beautiful - we are the world and the world is us.

    The issue that I do have in this book is that it's quite geocentric. We're supposed to be talking about how we are all the world, but, while Frazee gives a nod to Mediterranean architecture and vehicles that can be European, it's very obviously set in the United States (or at least Western Europe). If we're supposed to be "all the world" why would the book not present how all the world holds these same activities and shares all of these characteristics? Why not depict different countries following the same activities in different ways?

    Maybe it's picky, but children are sharp and intelligent and pick up on these things, so, as adults, we should, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    What a beautiful book!! If you don't love poetry you will after reading this book!!! I agree this book is for 3yrs and up b/c my 2yr old just enjoys the pictures which are beautiful.I love how the book ties everything and everyone together. Some adults should read this and get back to what is important.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Love this book!!

    My child came home from school so excited about this book and when we walked into the bookstore weeks later and saw it front & center on a display in the Children's section, there was no question how some of our giftcard dollars would be spent! I love this book so much: the artwork is so beautiful & detailed alongwith the lovely writing that I have googled the author & illustrator to see what else they've created.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    This book gives you a strong feeling of hope.

    For many years I have been teaching early childhood and the one message I want the children to leave my classroom with is what a magical and wonderful world we live on and that we need to appreciate all the gifts we receive. This book also gives you a feeling of being connected to other people and families just by traveling along through one day with two children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    2010 Summer Reading

    Feel good book for 3 and 5 year old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    A beautiful story beautifully illustrated

    This book teaches kids about the parts of a whole, but -- more -- teaches them to appreciate many layers of their experiences. The text offers things for kids to find in the wispy, beautiful illustrations. Parents will enjoy the read, too. It's a perfect bedtime read, as it is almost a meditation on a day in the life of a community.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 27, 2013

    LOVE this book. I am an education major and I would advise every

    LOVE this book. I am an education major and I would advise everyone to read this fabulous story! Highly recommend. 

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

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    A new family favorite

    This one ranks right up there with Dear Mili.

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    Posted January 22, 2010

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    Good book!

    Nice story and cool illustrations.

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