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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

All the World • Picture book

All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon illustrated by Marla Frazee
September 2009 Beach Lane Books Picture book Ages 3 - 7
From the author of A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES and the Caldecott Honor medalist of A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER comes a story for all of us.
Story: All the world is here. It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are. Now. 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.
Story behind the story: From author Liz Garton Scanlon: "The connective tissue that makes up All the World is the stuff that is meaningful to me—on a personal and global level. Stones and sky and soup and shadows stretching way out in late afternoon light...it’s comforting to think that the path to peace and beauty in a messy and complicated world might really be this simple. And more comforting still to think that if we all do what comes naturally, on our own and together, the disparate pieces of our lives might fall into place and make sense, once and for all."

And from illustrator Marla Frazee: "Illustrating a book titled All the World was a daunting proposition. I mean, it’s supposed to be about all the world. I was totally overwhelmed. Then I considered the times when I’ve felt the most connected to the world at large, and remembered that none of us ever inhabit all the world but merely our own small place in it. So I focused on one of the places I love the most—the central coast of California—and set the book there.

Many of the illustrations in
All the World are inspired by grace notes in my life. The grandfather under the oak tree is an homage to my own immigrant grandfather, who had enough patience and faith in the future to grow oaks from acorns—trees he knew he would never live to see taller than himself. The little tree in front of the cafe is a mulberry tree he planted seventy years ago to remind him of his childhood in Lebanon. After he died, we carefully transplanted the tree to my parent’s house, and its berries have sweetened many summers and stained eight great-grandchildren’s clothes. The cafe itself was inspired by my hike to the Phantom Ranch cantina, which sits at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I drew my zippy orange 2007 Honda Fit, and my faithful dog, Rocket, in its front seat, pulling out of the farmer’s market. The tulips, the Mediterranean architecture, the pink house, the purple-and-yellow sunset, the beach ball—all of it means stuff to me. I hope that readers will find many things in All the World that mean stuff to them, too.

I love Liz’s text because it celebrates the small things, the big things, children, and grown-ups in equal measure. And I love how it is all mixed up and jumbled together and interconnected and personal
and universal."

PS: You just must check out Marla's website to find photos of her studio, thumbnails of her work, information on how she develops characters, how she works with color, listen to podcasts, read interviews and more. I'd love to work in her studio... maybe she can just come paint mine?!

"This is perhaps my favorite picture book published in the last few years .... Great picture books subscribe to the Sendak school of thought, '...that there's something living underneath it... When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children' (source: Rosenbach Museum Video). All the World,with its subtle message to enjoy the beauty in the everyday and magnificently complementary illustrations, hits the beach ball squarely in Sendak’s court....Recommended for all elementary classroom & library purchases as well as for art and language arts instructors in all grade levels. No higher recommendation will come from this reading educator." -- Reading Rumpus

FYI: all the review copies for this title have been sent and reviews are in the works; please check back and click on the "comments" link below to read what your colleagues have to say.


Lisa Kennedy said...

Cute book. I am already imagining the many discussions the story and illustrations could inspire with young students. Perhaps a field trip to the playground to discover the small things that make us a part of all the world. The words are so simple and so beautifully illustrated. I look forward to sharing a real copy with students.
3.5 picnic baskets

Barbara said...

All the World lends itself to noting small details, following certain objects and people through a day, and going back and looking again..all good strategies for readers. The title was a bit disapponting at first (it's not really ALL the world), but as it says on the book jacket,"All the world is right where you are. Now"

I will be able to use this with my middle school students as we study illutrator's techniques and also to notice what details are important in a story line.
This would also be a good choice for a quiet reading time with a younger child.

Rating 3

Anonymous said...

This was a great book. I loved the illustrations. It can be used as a writing prompt for my 4th graders. I will buy the real copy! 3 picnic baskets

Kris said...

The language and the flow of words in this book is beautiful. It makes a wonderful read-aloud for younger children, with plenty of rhyme and rhythm. The illustrations. on the other hand, provide interest for older listeners and/or readers. The palette of colors Marla Frazee chose is unique and wonderful; I like the pattern of smaller vignettes followed by a large and colorful double page spread -- I started looking forward to what was coming next as I read. That being said, I was a little disappointed that other regions around the world weren't somehow protrayed. Overall, a beautiful addition to a picture book collection, one to recommend for sure. A solid 4.0.

Martine Battista said...

This treasure was worth the wait! I love the sentiment that the world is right here where ever we are. The words convey this simply and effectively. The illustrations are magnificent! From the blue VW bus to the mission bells I am completely taken in. Now I want nothing more than to play in the tide pools of Pacific Grove. Thanks for a delightful book. I give it a 5!

Denair Elementary School Library
Denair, CA

Susan E said...

I am a K-4 librarian and each year I do a mock Caldecott study with my
first graders. Well, my students LOVED Marla Frazee's book "A Couple of
Boys Have the Best week ever." They are still checking it out, now that
they are in 2nd grade - all 3 copies are either checked out or on hold.
We wrote Marla a nice email, and she mailed back hand-signed cards for all
80 first graders to keep! (Along with a nice letter.) So needless to say,
we are HUGE Marla Frazee fans.

The reviewer's ARC of "All the World" arrived in my mailbox beautifully
packaged, true to the handmade style of Marla Frazee. Sand colored paper
pieces cradled a beautiful shell and bits of blue sea glass, placed next
to the ARC. The book, however, stands well on its own, even beside the
beautiful things that willed me to love it. :)

Simple rhymes create an rhythmic flow through the book ("Spreading
shadows, setting sun, crickets, curtains, day is done, a fire takes away
the chill, all the world can hold quite still"). This book would be best
shared intimately, perhaps with a child at bedtime, though the gorgeous
illustrations are large enough to be shared with a whole group easily.
Frazee alternates between beautiful full page spreads of countrysides,
seashores, and piers at sunset, and more intimate moments between families
- a cooking mom, a family gathered around a piano, children rock
collecting. The effect is "peace to the soul."

Teachers could use this in the classroom, especially paired with
nonfiction books that explore children around the world like "Children
Just Like Me" (Kindersley) or "Wake Up World!" (Hollyer). Also it would
be interesting to have students create rhymes in the style of the book and
end with an "All the world" connection in their poem.

I highly recommend this picture book, giving it a 4 out of 5.

Susan E
Hillside School
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Anonymous said...

"All the World" is a book of beautiful illustrations using simple words to describe the world around us. The illustrations are amazing! I have to say, I knew I was going to love this book just by opening the box it arrived in. Inside the box, under the book, was a seashell and beach glass. What a wonderful way to market this book. I hope when this book is in bookstores it is packaged in the same fashion. I give this book a 5 out of 5!

P.S. Not only is this book perfect for elementary libraries and classrooms, but what a wonderful gift to give someone expecting a child.

Julia Pitau said...

There are so many good things to say about All the World for both the text AND the illustrations. A very sweet story with pictures to match, I felt as if I were strolling along the California coast-lines as I read through the sand-swept looking pages. Others who have checked this book out have pointed out the enticing illustrations. One teacher mentioned that the story had an, “Interesting take on what children can relate to as “All the World”’.

Picnic Rating 4.5

Denair Charter Academy
Denair, CA

Thank you for the treasure box. I will be displaying the book inside of it.

Stacy B. said...

"All the World" is a book that can be read and enjoyed by children at various age levels. I can see how it would prompt discussions and vivid writings/drawings in my Kindergarten classroom and invite exploration throughout elementary school. The drawings captured my attention and the simple text allowed me to add my own thoughts to what was on the page. This is a book that would be a welcome addition to your classroom!

Angie said...

I am very late in mentioning how much I enjoyed this book. The rythmn makes it read almost like a lullaby. Both the text and illustrations are full of the small details children notice (a shell, flowers, the perfect tree branch for climbing). And the pictures ... the pictures are just lovely. Beautiful, peaceful, vibrant, childlike, wonderful. All of these adjectives describe this book!

I would agree with Barbara ... this book is not about ALL the world. That said, it didn't take enough away from the book for me to love it any less.

I would recommend this book without ANY reservation. Thank you for the advance copy.

San Antonio, TX

D.A. Tyo said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It truly is beyond words for me. I loved the illustrations. Some of the two page illustrations took me back to the first time I read Miss Rumphius, my favorite picture book of all time.

My favorite has to be the two pages depicting "All the world is old and new." The 'new' younger tree in the wagon...beside the 'old' mature adult...the 'old' mature tree that the 'new' younger generation is climbing and swinging from. Such a beatiful blend of old and new.

I have shared this book with my sixth graders as an example of how poetry can be published. Some students have now expressed a desire to publish their poetry in a picture book form like All the World. Thank you, Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee!

This is a solid Picnic Basket rating of 5.

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