All the World

Illustrated by Marla Frazee
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About The Book

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

About The Author

Photograph © Sarah Bork Hamilton

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous celebrated picture books, including One Dark Bird; In the CanyonHappy Birthday, Bunny!; and the Caldecott Honor recipient All the World. 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 LizGartonScanlon.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (September 2009)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416985808
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD380L

Raves and Reviews

"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

Awards and Honors

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • IRA Children's Book Award
  • Children's Literature Choice List
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books
  • Texas 2x2 Reading List
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • PEN USA Literary Award Finalist
  • California Collections
  • Kirkus Best Children's Book
  • Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books
  • ALA Caldecott Honor
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year - with Outstanding Merit
  • Cleveland Public Library Celebrate With Books Selection
  • Writer's League of Texas Finalist

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