Friday, February 5, 2010

All the World

Told in rhyme, All the World is the story of a day in the life of a family in a coastal area.  They begin the day on the beach, building sand castles and collecting shells. This day includes a visit to an outdoor market, a park, escaping a thunderstorm, finding shelter in a restaurant, and ending the day enjoying the company of family and friends.

Liz Garton Scanlon's text engages all of your senses and then touches your heart.  This is a terrific book for people, like me, who sometimes fail to enjoy the wonder of the everyday occurrences in their lives. 

Marla Frazee's illustrations are fantastic! These pencil and watercolor drawings take me back to my childhood of reading Robert McCloskey (Time of Wonder) books and marveling at the pictures.  This is simply a gorgeous book.

All the World would be an excellent addition to a poetry unit or as a shared reading.  I think it would make an excellent reader's theater script as well.  After reading this book, you could extend it by asking students to think about the things they do that make them happy and have them discuss and write about it.

All the World is a timeless book that we will be talking about for years to come.

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