All the World

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Endearing art, rhythmic poem celebrate the flow of life.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

We are all part of the same big wide world, and it is a world filled with adventure, beauty, good days, bad days, but mostly "hope and peace and love and trust."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Multicultural, and multi-generational, families share the world together. They play at the beach, go to the farmers market, climb trees, get caught in the rain, warm by themselves by the fire. One grandfather pulls kids in a wagon, a father hold his baby, a mother helps her daughter up from a rollerskating mishap, friends pull a rowboat in out of the storm, and so on. The world is a cooperative, peaceful place even when everything is not working out perfectly.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 2010 Caldecott Honor book has an award-winning message to match its expressive artwork. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStanfordFan12 December 31, 2011

A Favorite at our House.

A wonderful lyrical story that examines our concrete and abstract world in a poetic venn diagram of time, nature, and family. The timeless story highlights a f... Continue reading
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byNadiaj212 April 15, 2011

Beautiful illustrations - a nice read-aloud book

The illustrations are beautiful. The story sounds lovely read aloud. My daughter enjoys this book a lot.
Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2010

All the World Review

rating: iffy 14+ for preteens and up

What's the story?

The story begins with two kids digging at the beach. Before long it has broadened to include a much larger world and a whole mix of family and friends. As the day progresses, all their lives weave in and out of each other's, moving the story from the beach to the farmers market to fields, churches, parks, restaurants, and back to various homes. In the end, the little girl stands smiling and realizing that "everything is you and us ... all the world is all of us."

Is it any good?

Kids and parents will love this book that celebrates connections between all things: rocks; sand; vegetable fields; stars; trees; people of all types; music; storms; old; new; and so on. Kids will love the words of the poem, which are just rhythmic enough to be almost predictable, but original enough to keep the story enjoyable and fresh. Detailed illustrations add a comforting depth to the story. The sensitive artwork and gentle sing-song of the poetry work perfectly together to create a sentiment that is both peaceful and endearing. 

With lines of black prisma color that sweep across lively watercolored scenes, Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee brings a delicate sensitivity and depth to the pages of this book. From small scenes to full two-page spreads, her  bustling, yet contented, paintings not only express the loving sentiment and rhythm  of Scanlon's poem but broaden its story in a way kid's especially will enjoy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the artwork makes the poem into a story. What do the pictures add? How do they show that the world belongs to the little boy and girl? How does it show that the world is big and wide, and includes us all?

  • What other kinds of things would you add to paintings of your world?

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