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You Are Never Alone

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From the creators of You Are Stardust and Wild Ideas comes a new informational picture book that explores how humans are inextricably connected to nature. This book draws examples from the clouds and the cosmos, the seafloor and the surface of our skin, to show how we are never alone: we are always surrounded and supported by nature. Whether it's gravity holding us tight; ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Owlkids
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You Are Never Alone is a colourful book that illustrates the interconnectedness of organisms in the universe.

The topic is one I think is important, and the book does a good job of providing examples of the ways different plants, animals, and inanimate forces work together to create this world in which we live. The bright and colourful illustrations are unique and interesting to look at.

I wanted to love this book, and by all accounts I really should have loved it, but somehow it just didn't con
La Coccinelle
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I requested this book from NetGalley because I read You Are Stardust years ago and really enjoyed it. You Are Never Alone is actually even better! It's all about interconnectedness, which is a topic I'm seeing more in children's books. I recently read Everything is Connected by Jason Gruhl and thought it was okay... but You Are Never Alone is everything I wish that other book had been. It doesn't just state that we're connected to everything; it actually shows and tells us how, through simpl ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit charge in the illustrations department. There are a lot of little things and details and all in a style that wasn’t really great for me. The story present the relation between humans and nature in the cycle of life from microorganism into the sea too us. That part was interesting but there are book who present it in a more precise/clearer way. Good, but lack the little wow effect to reach another level!
Bea  Charmed
The message in this book is a good one, full of hope and joy. Where the book is less successful is the execution of the message. While the author does a decent job of explaining connections and introducing environmentalism, and the art complements the text beautifully, the text is long winded and lacks a hook to grab and engage the child reading or listening to this story. I did appreciate that Kelsey didn't talk down to the readers but used appropriate terminology, which could lead to discussio ...more
Michele Knott
Looks at the connections between us and the environment.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The combination of lyrical text and symbolic images makes for a fascinating read in Kelsey and Kim's You are Never Alone. The gorgeous dioramas (shone in their completeness on the back of the jacket) show adorable children enjoying the wonders of nature. This creates an imaginative feel for the text that highlights the many ways that nature touches our lives for the better. With so much focus on the negative interactions between humans and nature and the challenges of climate change, it's easy t ...more
Anne Marie
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the pictures in this book are beyond spectacular, the prose seems more like an afterthought. The book begins on a somewhat strong footing, but with the third page or so it becomes quite weird, rendering it difficult for me to use this book for teaching purposes. I don't know what to do with the scientific facts in this book. For example, how do I connect the fact that playing in mud makes learning easier? ..... I think that part of my confusion with this book lies with the title. I thought ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The creators of You Are Stardust return with another book that demonstrates how interconnected we are. This time the focus is on the nature around all of us and how we are never alone in our environment. We can look into the eyes of a dog and feel love, we play in the mud and feel deep happiness thanks to microorganisms, we breathe oxygen that plants create. Nature is there in everything we do, everything we eat, and our connections can be as huge as a whale to as small as the organisms on our s ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to see and review this book.

I loved the idea of a book extolling the connection between nature and humanity. The artwork is lovely, serene and whimsical. But the story itself, while it started out beautifully, took a tangent that made it a little too real for young children. Also, it was not well structured. I think a connection link could have been made, over several pages, between the smallest organisms and the largest. The story tells of mites on our skin
Cheriee Weichel
The whole earth is our community and we exist within "the blast of it's love."

Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim, with lyrical text and gorgeous art, make the interconnectedness of life here on our blue planet very clear. The positive message is scientifically based. Our relationships benefits us in remarkable ways. These two creators remind us that "Mother Nature has your back."

Did you know that mud and dirt is full of bacteria that releases serotonin that in turn, increases mood and makes you smarter!
The striking thing about this picture book is the diorama illustrations by Soyeon Kim -- intricate 3D collages that have been photographed (Elly MacKay uses a similar technique). It looks like you can see the full dioramas on the back of the dust jacket, which unfortunately isn't possible with a library book.

This is the third book by this author/illustrator pair, in a genre that Kirkus calls "philosophical science." It addresses the reader directly with details about how nature surrounds us and
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Every day whether we step outside or open a window or a door, as soon as the fresh air hits our faces we are the recipients of an offering, freely given. This soft gentle breeze, the trees, evergreen and deciduous, the plants and flowers of the forests and fields and all the animal dwelling therein are a part of the richness our planet provides for us. With every breath we take, we are at the center of an astounding swirl of inter-connected activity.

In 2012 author Elin Kelsey collaborated with a
Leslie Basky
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this story. It made me think about the interconnectedness of all life.
Could be a picture book for middle grades for environmentalism and caring for the Earth. Everyone needs to hear some positives when learning about the fragility of our planet.

“still within the blast radius of love”
April Gray
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated book with a lovely message about the interconnectivity of life on Earth. The idea that we are never alone, there is always some type of life around and within us is comforting, and I love the thought that gravity is hugging me as the Earth goes twirling through space!
Alicia Bayer
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My 7 year-old reviewing partner, Fiona, and I both really liked this book and thought it was 4 stars (she thought perhaps 3 1/2). I love the subject and it reminds me of an adult book I'm reading now that is one of my favorites of the year, which has a surprisingly similar title -- Never Home Alone.

The basic premise of the book is that we are all connected to nature and that nature helps us, from trees that prevent floods to bacteria on our skin and in our stomachs that help keep us healthy. Whi
While this book is not technically non-fiction, it is based in non-fiction sharing many ways that we are all connected with each other and the earth. It is an earth hug. Soyeon Kim's illustrations feel like they come from the past of the Little Golden Book era of Mary Blair. The tiny people with the the grand world and micro worlds of the story are made up of all shapes and colors. They appear almost as fairies, and yet they are children connecting to the world, seeing and experiencing it up clo ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you Net Galley and publishers for an advanced reader copy.

This book has great illustrations. The concept of the story is appreciated, but seems a bit advanced for kids.

I'm not sure all kids will understand the link between us and nature. I think this book does a great attempt at it. It has delicious vocabulary for kids and might work well for older kids.
One thing that bothered me about this book was that it was describing the link between nature and humanity and uses beautiful language, bu
Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim have already reminded us of the wonders of our world in their work for You Are Stardust and Wild Ideas. In this new book, they tell of our surroundings, each one helping in a grand collaboration to take care of us in a magical chain of connections. We only have to look and learn how each thing participates. Soyeon's mixed media pictures are entrancing. Ah, those children! There is a nice letter from Elin at the back and a link that adds to the science background of he ...more
I love the illustrations in this book however the text falls short for me. I love the idea but I don't think its as well executed as You Are Stardust or other similar books. The wording is a bit awkward in some parts with an odd juxtaposition of sweet sentiment and scientific fact. Also, the links between some of the concepts are a bit tenuous or at least would be difficult to explain to the intended audience, which begs the question, who is the intended audience?
Dec 06, 2018 added it
Lovely story of the interconnectedness of all creatures on Earth. No matter who you are, you really are never alone! Nice explanation for little kids. I can't comment on the illustrations, tho'. They didn't download properly. The bits I was able to make out seemed detailed, so maybe a one on one book.

I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Ms Threlkeld
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the sentiment and think it’s important to teach kids about connectivity. Illustrations weren’t my favorite.
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved, loved, loved the art work within the pages of this book. I did not love the text. It all seemed a bit disjointed although the science behind it was fantastic.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A three star book that I am giving four stars based on the page that said

"Just thinking about your cat soothes lonely times."

I feel so seen (though, in my case, it's cats plural).
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story illustrating how everything, from humans to microorganisms, are connected and rely on each other to flourish in the world.
Kate Buechler
hot damn, those illustrations
I didn't like it very much. The illustrations were all over the place and even tedious in spots. The idea of the book could have been delivered without so much harshness for children.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The creative pair who brought us You Are Stardust have created another book that combines whimsy with wisdom. The text reminds us of the myriad connections between us and the world. We "gobble fruits from plants pollinated by bats by night and bees in the day." Whether it is the air we breathe or the food we eat, everything in our lives is interlinked in many ways.

Kim's dioramas create illustrations that are as layered as those connections. Children shrink to the size of microorganisms, or help
What a beautiful representation of how humans and nature intertwine with each other. Often, when we speak of our impact on our planet and the planet’s impact on us, we focus on very huge ideas that may seem so far away for kids, but You Are Never Alone shows the small things that have a large impact.

The mix of beautiful art and research-based science make for a picture book that covers such a wide range of opportunities for classroom discussions and educational activities including themes, poeti
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elin Kelsey pulls through with a beautiful book about feeling connected to nature and the world all around you. The Author's note talks about how often the environment is presented to kids as something that is broken and needs to be fixed which only leads to worry and hopelessness but this is a wonderful example showing that the world is already beautiful and is so good to us so we should absolutely protect it. The artwork by Soyeon Kim is a beautiful addition that adds whimsy and brightness to ...more
joyce w. laudon
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I think that the author says it best:

" I want to look every kid in the eye and say, 'No matter what is happening in your life, you are never alone." This author would like for children to have some sense of hopefulness about their daily world and the planet that we all share. She expresses optimism about the ways in which nature replenishes the environment.

This book has truly lovely illustrations. They are charming and imaginative and suit the text perfectly. This book will be a welcome additio
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