Parents' Guide to

All the World

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Endearing art, rhythmic poem celebrate the flow of life.

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age 2+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

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 few of life's, sometimes ironic, contrasts and finally circles back around to family and the little things that connect us with family and our greater humanity. The illustrations are outstanding and full of little details that my kids talk about every time we re-read the book. While this is not a book that my kids often pick up to read on their own, it IS one of our all time favorite books to read aloud. My kids are rapidly approaching double digit ages but our (dwindling) moments of snuggling and reading aloud at bedtime still regularly include this great book.

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age 2+

Beautiful illustrations - a nice read-aloud book

The illustrations are beautiful. The story sounds lovely read aloud. My daughter enjoys this book a lot.

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Is It Any Good?

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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.

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