All the World

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416985808
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 51,030
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous celebrated picture books, including One Dark Bird; In the Canyon; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; the Caldecott Honor recipient All the World; and Thank You, Garden. Liz is an adjunct professor of creative writing at Austin Community College, and her poetry has been published widely in literary journals. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas. Visit her at

Marla Frazee was awarded a Caldecott Honor for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Picture Book for her wordless book The Farmer and the Clown. She is the author-illustrator of many books, including The Boss Baby, the book that inspired the DreamWorks Animation film Boss Baby. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant; Stars by Mary Lyn Ray; and Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers. She is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker. The mother of three grown sons, she lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her at

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"Charming illustrations and lyrical rhyming couplets speak volumes in celebration of the world and humankind, combining to create a lovely book that will be appreciated by a wide audience... Perfection." — School Library Journal STARRED

"Tackling a topic no smaller than the world itself, Scanlon (A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes) and Frazee (A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever) invite children to explore a variety of its settings, starting with a beach where a young interracial family plays. Frazee's warm, endearing vignettes...are a joyous counterpart to Scanlon's text. Together they create an empathic, welcoming whole." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED

"Scanlon's text has a child-friendly simplicity reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown...All the World will win audiences with a sensibility both timeless and thoroughly modern." — Horn Book Magazine, STARRED

"It's hard to imagine a cozier and more spacious world. At once a lullaby and an invigorating love song to nature, families and interconnectedness." — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

"Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee capture the give-and-take between comfort and wonder in their exquisite new book All the World. ...Scanlon and Frazee pull it off with brilliant simplicity...Scanlon's verse and Frazee's illustrations play off one another like the music and lyrics of a great song. ... Don't miss this one." — The Washington News Tribune

"... [a] shining, subtle craftsmanship that moves this title from merely enjoyable to genuinely inspired... In short, it's a moving and accessible celebration of the poetry of ordinary human life." — The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

"All the World pulls off the most magical trick of picture books: To make a grand statement of mystery and wonder in the humble 36-page format of a few paintings and a handful of words." — Newsday

"Liz Garton's gentle daylight-to-moonrise text reflects and respects this child-centric version of the universe even as it lulls young listeners with rhythms as gentle as waves....Against the backdrop of this almost ethereal text, Marla Frazee['s]...illustrations echo the rhythm of the verse, alternating between sweeping double-page panoramas and vignettes that mimic the motion of the words. Perfect." — The Washington Post Book World

"There's a wonderful balanced imbalance between the sweeping largeness of the pictures and the spare script of perfectly chosen words." — The Chicago Tribune

"All the small moments connect to a larger shared experience, Scanlon's (A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes) words and Frazee's pictures seem to say... Frazee lets out all the stops... Masterful." — Shelf Awareness

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All the World 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
This is a children's book which says ages 9-12, but my 4 year old liked it's simplicity and rhymes - not to mention the beautiful and detailed illustrations that grace every page. (I just found another site which places this in the 3-7 age group which I feel is more appropriate.) It follows a family from morning until night with various places, activities, weather - all the while reaffirming that everything that happens is part of our world - yet at the same time, a part of the bigger world - so we are all really connected. Did that make sense? That is what I got out of it at least.
BBVB More than 1 year ago
My child came home from school so excited about this book and when we walked into the bookstore weeks later and saw it front & center on a display in the Children's section, there was no question how some of our giftcard dollars would be spent! I love this book so much: the artwork is so beautiful & detailed alongwith the lovely writing that I have googled the author & illustrator to see what else they've created.
The_Almost_Librarian More than 1 year ago
I'm going to get reamed by some people for this review, but I call it like it is. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They inject humor into the story in some places and I enjoy that it shows people of all skin tones and ancestral backgrounds. The poetry is simplistic (which you want in a child's book) and easy to understand. The concept is beautiful - we are the world and the world is us. The issue that I do have in this book is that it's quite geocentric. We're supposed to be talking about how we are all the world, but, while Frazee gives a nod to Mediterranean architecture and vehicles that can be European, it's very obviously set in the United States (or at least Western Europe). If we're supposed to be "all the world" why would the book not present how all the world holds these same activities and shares all of these characteristics? Why not depict different countries following the same activities in different ways? Maybe it's picky, but children are sharp and intelligent and pick up on these things, so, as adults, we should, too.
preschool21 More than 1 year ago
For many years I have been teaching early childhood and the one message I want the children to leave my classroom with is what a magical and wonderful world we live on and that we need to appreciate all the gifts we receive. This book also gives you a feeling of being connected to other people and families just by traveling along through one day with two children.
brikayama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the illustrations and text of this book. The text makes me forget that our world is full of chaos and the illustrations makes my soul at ease. Loved it!
helenpeynado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the art in this book. I can imagine myself in every picture, relaxing, enjoying the beauty of the world around me. My only criticism is it is a bit too universalistic for my taste.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peaceful, pleasant, something good to read in summer when everyone is relaxed. Lots of ordinary scenes; beaches, storms, restaurants, produce stands. Plenty of conversation points. There are multiple families depicted in various places and doing various things. Readers can spend time looking for their favorite people.
cshupp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It had a good message and the art was amazing. I like the little details that the illustrator managed to sneak in like the VW van in the background.
shomskie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully drawn and backed by a strong message of family strength and unity, All the World should deffinately by a must-read for all parents with young children. The text is simple enough that an early reader should be able to flip their way through it fairly quickly, and truly the beautiful artwork will lead to many nominations and awards for this outstanding book.
alyson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This keeps growing on me. I have reread it a few times already.
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
liked the pictures. so, so on the story.
ChelseaRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It shows exceptionally well the magic and excitement of nature, relationships, and all that can happen in an otherwise calm and quiet day. I love the cultural diversity and various representations of people from all walks of life.
Jingjing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good informational book. it gives you a variety of different things such as the things that are connected with nature and people of different cultures. Genre: Informational Media: Crayon Age: Primary
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Birth to 4. Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee's picture book All the World is appealing, meaningful, and more than deserving of its Caldecott Honor. Scanlon's poem is well suited for little ones in that it goes from naming everyday objects and to expanding to appreciative conclusions about the world. For example she says "Table, bowl, cup, spoon... Hungry tummy, supper's soon...Butter, flour, big black pot...All the world is cold and hot." Scanlon's blending of words that describe concrete images, with words that describe feelings and sound, really grounds the poem into the perspective of a young person. Also her use of rhythm and rhyme creates a comforting portrait of the world because everything fits into something greater. There was one section of the poem where the concrete items were less correlated to the greater conclusion. But overall the poem is so strong that this is a small point. Frazee's realistic illustrations beautifully complement the text by matching specific images to the more concrete words. She also expands to two page illustrations for the poem's greater conclusions. Her use of thin black lines, but soft colors, give both interesting details and softness that is easy on the eye. She also reflects the all-inclusive theme by illustrating characters of all ages and ethnicities, and even all types of families such as gay couples. All the World is highly recommended to public library collections and would make a great read aloud, especially because of the special message it ends on: "Hope and peace and love and trust...All the world is all of us." Scanlon and Frazee have created a meaningful picture book that is touching but not preachy.
szierdt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for teaching the concept of community and how we are all connected. Would be a useful book to discuss how children view themsevles in the world, in families and communities etc. Illustrations effectively explore how we live in it.
debrasw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: this is a story about how the world is created of different creatures and things and that the world is made up of you and me. The story is very descriptive about how the world works and all the things you can do in it. Genre: this story is poetry because it is written in rhyme. Literary use: This story uses rhym to speak. It also uses descriptive language as well as onomatopias. It also uses repetition to get its points across. Media: black prismacolor pencils
lcisabell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the World is a book about the world and all of us in it. To family, farming, bees, veggies,and trees. To young children climbing trees and their grandfather sitting down playing with a dog. It has wonderful illustrations about family and the world around us.Can be used by Pre-k to first grade,great pitcure book for children to add or create their own story. There is poetry and rhyme. Winner of the Caldecott Honor.
Hartleyca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brand new, (not yet available - but I have a copy), Simple, colorful drawings and words about appreciating family and nature.
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The text in this story reads much like a poem. It flows easily as it is read and provides a good introduction to a new vocabulary (in great quantity). All the World shows the reader different aspects of the world, from the viewpoint of one family. It follows them through their day- starting at a visit to the beach, finishing with a family gathering and night fall. The colored pencil illustrations are enthralling and the horizontal lines makes it feel as if the book is constantly moving, much as the day moves forward. This would be a great book for a young reader to practice fluency and gain new vocabulary.
VaterOlsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the language, illustrations, and warm community that this book presents. Even though some of the pleasures shown are very basic, for example, climbing a tree, several others are those only available to middle class, stable families. I will enjoy this book as it is and remember that every book has its reader.
delatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not particularly bad, but not particularly good.
geoffman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the World is an endearing children¿s poetry book that accounts the daily interaction between a family and their closest friends in a scenic ocean town. Poetic verses grace each page of this book detailing the subtle simplicities in the interaction between the family¿s children and the setting. Each scene of the book depicts a different time of day and different activity for the children. The imagery for each activity is presented on a white background to balance the vibrant and realistic illustrations with the subtlety of the verses. The book presents a cycle in which the verses of the narrative grow into simple unifying statements that harmonize the characters with setting through dynamic two page illustrations. I loved this book for its realistic imagery and the heartfelt messages in its pages. Recently released in 2009, there are already rumblings of its potential to be a Caldecott Award winner. All the World is written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Medalist Marla Frazee.
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