Monday, February 6, 2012

Book #37: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, Illustrated by Marla Frazee

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This beautiful book explores the many ways we are connected to each other and world around us, “All the world is all of us.” The book features a culturally diverse cast of characters as they travel and interact with one another. The story does not feature a traditional beginning, middle, and end, although it is revealed that all the characters are part of one big, multi-generational, multi-cultural family.

This story is full of bit-sized philosophy presented in a way that’s simultaneously easy to understand and full of deeper meaning. The text is accompanied by detailed illustrations that depict a lot of movement and life. The rhyming text celebrates the passing of time and the cyclical aspects of life, “All the world is old and new.” The book begins in the morning and finishes with the stars coming out to shine.

This book would be a wonderful conclusion to a storytime that explores world cultures because it celebrates the acts shared by humans all around the world, from planting a garden to cooking food to sharing that dinner in the company of friends and family. Ask the kids for other examples of things that kids all over the world do.
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Bring in pictures of people in other countries and cultures doing the activities mentioned in the book, such as cooking, eating, planting a garden. Talk about the differences and similarities between the pictures. This book would be a nice complement to Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.


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