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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
All the World

All the World

Fall 2009 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Hardcover Price: $17.99
"Rock, stone, pebble, sand / Body shoulder, arm, hand / A moat to dig, a shell to keep / All the world is wide and deep." Moving from the very particular-a family playing on the beach-to the universal ("Nanas, papas, cousins, kin / Piano, harp and violin / Babies passed form neck to knee / All the world is you and me.") Scanlon's lyrical text is a paean to the wonder of the world we all share. Marla Frazee's illustrations turn the graceful poem into a story: mother, father, brother, and sister move through their day from sandy shore to farmer's market to park, from sun to rain, and from morning to night, encountering friends and adventures along the way. Each line of text is carefully matched by illustrations that expand and contract between individual vignettes and generous double-page spreads. And after a busy day, the final verse opens out under a wide blue nighttime sky. "All the world is everything / Everything is you and me / Hope and peace and love and trust / All the world is all of us." A book whose very rhythm echoes the sound of the human heart.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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