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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.


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

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Beach Lane Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lisa Vegan
The illustrations are beautiful, big and beautiful. The rhyme that makes up the story is excellent and the story expresses lovely sentiments about the world and about loved ones. The story of a (not perfect but wonderful) day with family, and maybe friends too, is told fully but with very few words. Made me a bit melancholy: those extended families look like fun! But, overall, it’s a very uplifting book. I could recommend this for children ages 2-8; it has wide appeal. Gorgeous and gift worthy.
One of the things I have always thought was odd about hard-line Waldorf School philosophy - and before you email me, let it be known that I have one marvelous little cousin and one fantastic grown-up niece who are Waldorf products, and I have no problem at all giving the Waldorfers some of the credit for how beautifully they have turned out so far - but as I said, one of the odder dicta of Waldorf founder Rudolf Steiner, and he had a LOT of dicta, guy was just Mr. Ruley Rulemonger, and some scho...more
Here's what I know. There is no such thing as perfect. Really. But this picture book by my friend Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee comes close. Liz has written a marvelous poem, but one that's hard to picture. Marla has drawn a lovely narrative, but one that doesn't make complete sense on its own. Together, those slightly imperfect pieces make a perfect whole (or as nearly as is humanly possible to create).

As I said in my mention last week, All the World is a work of epic beauty inside a pict...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
No wonder this was a Caldecott honor book! The poem by Scanlon is beautiful--I wish they had printed the whole poem on one page at the end.
Frazee's pictures, done in colored pencil, are soft and lovely, describing a day on the seashore for several groups of people. In many of the scences, Frazee cleverly draws, way off in the distance, the next place that will be visited close-up in the succeeding pages. My favorite picture of all is that gorgeous 2-page spread, done in purple, gray, black and p...more
Beautiful, gorgeous illustrations. My kids just love this book because of the pictures, especially my 2 year old. There is one 2 page spread towards the end that shows the entire community at night and my kids love to point out all the places the people had been to during the day. And no matter how many times we read this my daughter always gasps and cries out "Oh no! They forgot the ball!" when she see the beach ball left at the little pond in one of the pictures.
Jim Erekson
This book blows me away. The debt Frazee owes to Virginia Lee Burton is deep. But this book made me think Burton had died and been reincarnated with a wisdom from looking at the intervening 45 years since her passing in 1968. The expansive double page spreads are up there with the best of Burton's compositions(Life Story is probably my favorite for this).

Once again, there is a kind of switching between complementary and counterpoint illustrations in this book that is unusual for today's author-...more
Jayme Prisbell
All the World, by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, is a picture book geared toward children (male and female)in grades K-2. This peaceful story begins with two kids digging at the beach. Rapidly through poetic form and rhythm the world opens to include family and friends. As the day evolves, lives begin to intertwine with one another allowing the reader to see the story travel from the beach to the market to the fields, churches, parks, restaurants, and back to the home...more
I remember once when I was little having a discussion with a friend about whether "all the world" was bigger than "the whole wide world." I don't remember which one we finally decided was bigger, but I thought of that conversation as I read this great picture book by Liz Garton Scanlon. What does "all the world" mean? The concept may seem ultra-simple, but it is the type of thing some kids wonder about. I love the conclusion reached, that "All the world is everything / Everything is you and me /...more
Kristine Pratt
Amidst the muddled message of the book (which IS muddled, the meaning never quite comes clear) are some of the best illustrations I've seen in a long time, in this book that (finally a publisher GETS it) is a size where you can really just dive in and enjoy the illustrations.

There's diversity in the pictures, that mirrors the message well. I love the scenes, the settings. I find myself wanting to visit this village, this place, and join in with these happy people who are my neighbors so that I m...more
2010 Caldecott Honor Book
Ages 2-8
Usually I think Frazee’s illustrations of people are somewhere in between Precious Moments and Little Orphan Annie, but in this lovely and poetic book, they have a hippie edge to them. Vignettes of children and adults digging in the sand, exploring, eating, and sitting by a fire alternate with double-wide, day-to-night, sun-to storm, beautiful and sweeping panoramas. Scanton’s poem and Frazee’s illustrations pair perfectly to create the impression of a lazy famil...more
Kellie Eckert
One of my new favorites! All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee is a 2010 Caldecott Honor Book. The book is written as a poem and could be used in a unit on poetry with grades 1-3. The poem is of love and family and is accompanied by beautiful watercolors that exude peace and love.
Pam Davis
I think this book is about families enjoying the fruits of life. There is a young family at the sea shore enjoying the sand and the next page shows a sea side village. There is a large garden with people working in it. Some of them are; at a beehive collecting honey, harvesting corn, and picking tomatoes. The next page shows them at an open market selling their wares, with rolling hills of farmland and orchards behind it. Next there is a grandpa with his three grandchildren. Grandpa is pulling a...more
This Caldecott Honor book has unique and lively illustrations and a sweet message that remind us of our connection to the world around us.

Text to self:
The opening scene of the book features two children on the beach, playing in the sand. This reminded me of my own childhood and the time we spend living in southern California. One family vacation we spent camping on the beach. My Mom was reading Jurassic Park the book to us and my sister and I spent the entire trip digging up rocks in the sand a...more
All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon
This 2010 Caldecott Honor book was a pretty interesting and heartfelt read. The book, All the World, told a story about a single day in the life of a simple family and showed through pictures and simple rhymes how valuable one day can be. The start of the day consisted of a sand castle building and sea shell searching while the night ended by spending quality time with family and friends. The most amazing thing about this book is that each point of the day is...more
Jan 23, 2010 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hip hippies
Recommended to Miriam by: NYT
Shelves: picture, realism
I was surprised that this was published so recently; it really reminded me of the earth-lovin' hippie kid books my parents' friends used to give me when I was small -- only updated so the people would be more in-fashion.

I'm not sure the short, rhyming text and illustrations went too well together. The pictures had lots of details that I wanted to spend more time examining, but then the rhythm of the poem was lost.

It's cute, though, and kids may enjoy looking at other families' daily activities.
-- Is abt Appreciating What U Have;

2010 ALA Notable Children's Books - Younger Readers Category;
2010 International Reading Association Children's Book Award: Primary Fiction (post-2001 winners);
2009 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books;
2009 Parents' Choice Awards - Picture Books;
2009 School Library Journal Best Books;

A paean to the interconnectedness of the world, this simple, moving poem reveals the joy in everyday settings and activities. A beach scene is accompanied by the v...more
Cheryl in CC NV
The version I read is the 'mini' bilingual one distributed free by Cheerios brand cereal's "spoonful of stories" program. What a charming way to learn some Spanish! I've seen lots of bilingual books, but this one works especially well. I would have loved bigger pictures for myself, because of all the detail, but I bet my husband's grandchildren will love this just as is - their other grandparents still speak primarily Spanish. What a lucky find at the thrift store!
Lu Benke
The illustrations in this book are phenomenal! The large size of the book does justice to the expansive feel for the double-paged spreads. My first inclination was to categorize this as a mood book because of the poem text. But Frazee's illustrations have created a storyline visually connected to her handlettering of the words. The development of personality for the pictured characters, the building tension and the day's end resolution made the day a story unto itself.
Just beautiful.
Note for storytellers - I had a serendipitous moment while reading this book to my daughter. This book can be sung almost perfectly to the tune of "Skip to my Lou." I tried it out during storytime - one of the moms strummed along on her guitar while I "sang" the book. It worked beautifully; the kids were spellbound by the pictures, words AND the song.
Kathleen Ferrel
All the World Children ages 2-5 would love this book for its rhyme and repetition. The story is very symbolic in telling how every thing and every place in the world is connected. This book is from the Caldecott Awards list.

Everything about this book is gorgeous -- the illustrations, the wonderfully rhythmic rhyming text, and the message: "All the world is all of us." I must be emotional this morning because it totally choked me up.
This was a book I was told I should read. I liked it but I didn't love it. The story is sweet and simple but I don't care for the illustrations. It was good enough...but wouldn't mark it as a favorite!
Bianca Dugan-sherman
Text to Text: This book reminds me of Blackout by John Rocco because they both are about the quality time spent with family and appreciating the simple things in life.
Text to self: This reminds me of all the talks I have with my grandmother. She share her life stories with me and I learn something new each time. In this book the children finds out that there is a purpose for everything and I learn a lot a similar things when having these talks with my grandmother.
Text to World: This book reminds...more
Such a beautiful book. I honestly don't mind reading this one over and over and over again, because the words are poetry, and the illustrations so intricate that I find something new every time.
Jasmyne Gunter
All the World is a Caldecott Honor Book follows a family throughout their day. It shows the importance of all things, whether they be big or small.

The Caldecott Honor is awarded to books because of their pictures. There is a good balance between smaller pictures and pictures that take up two whole pages. Every other page is a landscape page that takes up two pages. These pages are full of color and look realistic. The smaller pictures are also colorful and realistic looking.

Children will like...more
Sara Mostek
Audience: boys & girls; Grades K-2
Appeal: Great Illustrations, rhyming
Awards: 2012 Caldecott Honor Book; School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Cass Mabbott
The first time I've seen people of color going to a farmer's market! A small step, but a step nonetheless.
I am a sucker for beautiful, colorful illustration. Pretty sure I love this book more than my kids do.
Allison Kramer
Text-to-text: This book reminded me of Flotsam in a weird way. It made me think of it because they both are at the beach and they both start realize magnificent things.
Text-to-self: I actually find myself battling with myself because I can't mad and want everything to be perfect and I remind myself to just enjoy life which is why this book stood out to me.
Text-to-world:Now a days the world has trouble enjoying the little things, we're so focused on being the best and money that we forget the imp...more
Richie Partington
23 June 2009 ALL THE WORLD by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee, ill. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, September 2009, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-8580-8

It feels so wonderful to have connections!

At this moment I cannot recall where, a week ago, I ran across the cover image of ALL THE WORLD, but it is so scary beautiful and it so caught and held my attention upon seeing the small online picture of it, that I immediately emailed my friend Michelle at Simon & Schuster to beg for an advance, unbou...more
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