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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
Feb 11, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
Ziwei Cheng
Dec 02, 2014 Ziwei Cheng rated it it was amazing
This book is a poetry book, telling people all over the world’s view, including beach, ocean, farm, garden, woods, road, street, sky, rainy day, cold or hot day, and windy day. All different kinds of weather, environment, light and dark. The author connects them to become a whole view. And then he composes a poem.
This is really a beautiful book because all the views are so pretty and so beautiful. Each view has their own background color to represent its features. It’s really a good book and
Jana Giles
This is a beautiful story. I would use this book to teach primary grades about the world and different places. It shows an ocean, garden, diner, and different places that a child might go. The images create a beautiful scene that children could connect to. All the World talks about different things you would see in a specific environment such as birds. It also talks about how you feel when you are somewhere. The words sound beautiful when read aloud. I would teach about community and environment ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll538
From seashore to garden to treetop to home, this lovely poem gives us a fun recreation of a day and insight into what the world is all about, with the final message that "Hope and peace and love and trust...All the world is all of us". Liz Garton Scanlon leads us through from morning to night with a fun and fast paced rhyme that combines single words in succession with full sentences describing everything from climbing a tree to eating dinner and showing us that into each day a little rain may f ...more
Jim Erekson
May 05, 2016 Jim Erekson rated it it was amazing
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-
Jayme Prisbell-Hultman
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
Apr 26, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it
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 Hansen
Feb 04, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, poetry, picture-book
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
Courtney Gayle
This is a very cute book! Throughout this book the author speaks of all the things in the world both big and small and how they relate to one another. "Everything you hear, smell, see...All the world is everything, physical things...You and Me." I think you could probably use this book inside of a science class to introduce environmental science at a young age.
I might be in the minority here, but I thought this book was just okay. The illustrations are stunning and I enjoyed the rhyming. Other than that though, I thought it was a bit dull. It's a nice lesson to teach children, but I prefer stories and this one had no story line.
Mar 27, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
This was a nice read. I enjoyed how its story spanned throughout the world. I would use this in my class to show students that there are other countries and ethnicity out there. I would also use this to build my students' word strategies skills.
Aug 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
A book that truly celebrates the beauty in our world. Two small children navigate their ever-widening understanding of life through a marvelous day at the beach spent with family. Sentimental prose and the vibrant, breathtaking illustrations characteristic of the incomparable Marla Frazee combine to form the perfect gift for a young child, a friend, or just about anyone who could use a smile as they turn the pages of this sure-to-be classic.
Sep 14, 2014 Yingyi rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful language and beautiful illustration. Words in categories.
Jan 30, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Lenae Haley
Jan 21, 2016 Lenae Haley rated it really liked it
All the World is a picture book written by Liz Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee. It is written more like a poem with verses that rhyme. The writing style is simple. but there is a lot of depth in the meaning. The book could connect to anyone. For example, with the darker illustration in the middle of the book with rain, etc., that could mean that we all have difficult situations we are dealing with. However, the book is encouraging. The world goes round, but we are all in it together.

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Caitlin Ranta
Jan 22, 2015 Caitlin Ranta rated it really liked it
1. This story shows the importance and love of a family from the morning until the night. It shows how anything from finding a shell at the beach to eating dinner together at a café can bring a family together. During the story it started raining, I thought that symbolized that nothing should get in the way of a family or the time that they have together.
2. "All the World" doesn't seem to be like any book that I have read. However, it does bring me back to the chapter. The copy that I have of t
Kellie Eckert
Mar 03, 2014 Kellie Eckert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
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
Feb 28, 2014 Pam Davis rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
This Caldecott Honor book has unique and lively illustrations and a sweet message that remind us of our connection to the world around us.

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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
Feb 26, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
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.
Tongtong Wu
Feb 04, 2016 Tongtong Wu rated it really liked it
Shelves: pictures-book
All the World (2009) by by Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee(Illustrator) Picture book

This book talks about the world, all the world is here, is there, it is everywhere. All the world is right where you are now. I think it is a wonderful lyrical story that examines our concrete and abstract world in a poetic diagram of time, nature, and family. The timeless story focus on a few of life’s, sometimes ironic and finally the circle back around to the family and use the little things that con
Megan Nelson
Feb 02, 2016 Megan Nelson rated it really liked it
This book is written like a poem, with rhyming text and lots of imagery. It tells the story of how the world is made up of people alike, and the world is "all of us". I loved the pictures because they are visually stimulating and went along with the words (backed up the imagery). The book shares the message of going through ups and downs, but with family, community, and hope, we have something and someone to lean on when we get knocked over. This book made me feel happy and hopeful because of th ...more
-- 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
Apr 07, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures of a seaside town and its inhabitants accompany a simple poem about our place in the world.

This book is my first in my journey of trying to beef up my understanding and appreciation of illustrations in picture books. I’m making my way through Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books alongside the respective books that it mentions and hope to make it through all of them (around 55) by the end of the year.

I’m definitely sold on Marla Frazee’s drawings in this book. I love the wa
Lu Benke
Apr 13, 2013 Lu Benke rated it really liked it
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.
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