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All the World

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,980 Ratings  ·  743 Reviews
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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Sep 23, 2009 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
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.
4.5 out of 5

A lovely, heartwarming poem about all sorts of connections (though perhaps a bit human-centered for my liking, especially the last stanza).

Yet the best connection in this picturebook is between Liz Garton Scanlon’s text and GORGEOUS Marla Frazee’s illustrations:

Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually prefer this Caldecott Honor to the winner of its year, The Lion and the Mouse. It's original, contemporary, and important, as our world gets more and more crowded with people who don't understand that we are all one global community and each of our choices affects multitudes of others. Would that we all lived as these people do, in harmony, with courage.

And besides, it's poetic, appealing, engaging, full of fun & funny details. I hope you all get a chance to read it!

Btw, I have en
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite children's book I've encountered as a mother so far. The message is even more beautiful than the (lovely) illustrations.
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
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Normally I don't rate story time books as I read so many each month, but my god this was so beautiful and I just adored it. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know. Actual story time was so-so on it, but it's not great for large crowds, I think. Perfect for small groups and families.
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbf-general
The lovely poem has even lovelier paintings illustrating it. The large size of this book gives Frazee the ability to do several smaller vignettes, and interspersed with dramatic double-page spreads. Her black pencil and watercolor paintings not only ably illustrate the words of the poem, but extend them by following several families around. As one family leaves the shore, the reader can see in the distance the farmer's market they will soon be visiting. And at the farmer's market, the reader see ...more
Jan 23, 2010 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.
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Oct 22, 2009 rated it liked it
I just threw up a rainbow
Alex Ward
Great illustrations, but I think the topic is so generic that it doesn't really have anything to say about anything?
Emily Walsh
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liz Garton Scanlon’s award winning book, All the World, is a beautifully written poem that sheds light on life and all of its imperfections. A New York Times best illustrated and a Caldecott Honor book, this book takes the reader on many different adventures that are very realistic and relatable on various levels. Although there’s not a great amount of written text, the poem and its wonderfully illustrated pictures make it easy for the reader to feel like they are right there in the story. Scanl ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have subscribed Orianna to a monthly book club. The books that arrive each month are wonderful. We have the option of returning them, but always end up keeping them. This is my current favorite and, lucky for me, Ori likes to hear it just before she lets me put her in her crib. The rhythm of the poetry is divine, the message is inspiring and the images are detailed enough for a little one to be enraptured day after day. This book makes me feel the world is kinder than it seems.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
Not my favorite children's book, but the illustrations and poetic text did catch my eye and cause me to ponder about the message portrayed after I turned the last page. A young child might need to have the lyrical verse explained to them, although my nine year old said she really enjoyed the poem and illustrations. If your library has it, it's worth checking it out to enjoy this award winning children's book.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I love, love, love this book. It’s so sweet and the illustrations are gorgeous. I love the message about exploring and appreciating all the different parts of the world.

Plus, I bought it at Baby Cotton Bottoms, so it brings fond memories of my favourite baby store.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite children’s book. It’s long enough up cover many subjects, but not to cause boredom.

Gorgeous illustrations with a sweet tale of our beautiful world.

The board pages are sturdy enough for years of loving.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A day filled with family and friends.

Beautiful artwork. Absolutely loved the illustrations.
The text is simple and rhyming.

Rock, stone, pebble, sand
Body, shoulder, arm, hand
A moat to dig
a shell to keep
All the world is wide and deep

All the world is wide and deep
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is another book with great illustrations which are 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. I believe anyone can relate to the book of a story that talks about a not perfect but wonderful day with family. Something that did look fun was those extended families. Overall, “All the world” is a very good uplifting book. I would recommend this for children ages 2-8.
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 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
Jim Erekson
Feb 16, 2013 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-
Kristine Hansen
Nov 03, 2012 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
Melissa Kelley-Windisch
Sep 29, 2015 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
Ziwei Cheng
Dec 02, 2014 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
Jan 30, 2010 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
Lu Benke
Apr 12, 2013 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.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Hope and peace and love and trust
All the world is all of us

The kids recognize this as being the same art as in Seven Silly Eaters so they look for the silly eaters. Of course, they aren't there, so we agreed that maybe the kids in this story are cousins of the silly eaters. I must admit that I let the pictures tell the story and we study all the things the family does (no electronic gadgetry!). I add the words when they feel appropriate.
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Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie Party; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & ...more
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