Katie Fitzgerald's Reviews > The Whole Wide World and Me
The Whole Wide World and Me
There is really not much to this book at all. My three-year-old loves the artwork, but my five-year-old was quick to point out that there is no real story. Beyond that, I would argue that the text doesn't even really make sense. How is this little girl like a tree, or the clouds? Why are people and nature connected? This book doesn't even begin to explain. Instead, it provides a few lines of text that sound sort of philosophical and poetic, but which really don't say anything of substance. I feel like it's been a while since I've read a good story in a picture book. More and more often, it feels like the books are written either for the sake of showcasing the illustrator's artistic talent or for the purpose of indoctrinating the reader. This one is definitely a case of decent artwork paired with ineffective text, and it was a disappointment.
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