Thursday, August 20, 2009

All the world - a review

Every so often I come across a book that I think has universal appeal. Readers of all ages will get something from it as they read the story and, in this case, look at the pictures. This morning I reviewed just such a book. It is called All the world. Here is my review.

All the world
Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Picture Book
All ages
Simon and Schuster, 2009, 978-1-4169-8580-8
Many of us spend our lives running from place to place, and from activity to activity. We rarely take the time to appreciate the now, to enjoy what we are doing right this minute. In this beautifully written and illustrated picture book, Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee have created a memorable text and lovely illustrations to tell the story of one day in the life of a family. As the day unfolds, we are reminded of the wonderful things that fill out lives, the simple pleasures that make life so special.
The book begins with two children playing on a beach. The build a sandcastle, dig a moat, and take “a shell to keep.” Then the family heads to a farmer’s market where they buy produce and flowers. There are moments that are trying, for example when a storm arrives and rain pours down, and there are moments when everything is right with the world.
This book celebrates the connections between people, the wonders that fill our world, the high points that we share, and the low points that we also share. It is a title that readers of all ages will enjoy.

If you like books that give you pause, that evoke memories of your own, and that are a joy to read and to look at, then this is a book for you. Enjoy!

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