All in a Day

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Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Book shows the many commonalities we all share.

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Parents need to know that the story is divided into eight frames per two-page spread, and following the action through a day can be quite fun.

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What's the story?

Ten celebrated children's artists give substance to the idea of commonality: We may live in different places, speak different languages, wear different clothes, and pursue different dreams, but we are all here on Earth--right now, each in our own country--and we all share the joys of laughter and learning and life.


Is it any good?

This braided tale of a day on Earth is good fun, but not easy fun. Keeping track of all the strands demands attention. Fortunately, even if you confuse a story or two, the artwork will keep you rapt, and the notion of humankind sharing the planet shines right through.

The artwork is just terrific, for both its quality and its diversity. Oils, pen-and-ink, colored pencils, collage -- a wealth of media is used to very special effect, one that unites while observing and saluting our differences. The artists have endeavored to illustrate special cultural aspects of their countries. The accompanying story of the boy shipwrecked on an island gets lost in the welter of imagery, and readers may wish they had more from the pen of Mitsumasa Anno.

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