All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Copyright 2009 - Sept. release
Beach Lane Books
I'd say ages 2-6
I requested an advanced reader copy of All the World from Beach Lane Books via Shelf Awareness and it was quite a surprise when the book arrived. First, the presentation was rather stunning. It came in a box filled with shredded paper (the kind you put in gift bags) and inside the box was a beautiful shell and 5 pieces of sea glass. How cool is that? I can't ever find my short lens, anymore, since my camera and I have been ignoring each other, this summer (it's the weather) so I'm going to refer you to another blog for photos of the book's arrival:
Write For a Reader - Shelly's post on All the World's arrival
It's pretty awesome. The book, itself, has really breathtaking illustrations that remind me of Virginia Lee Burton's illustrations in The Little House and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (two of my childhood favorites). The text is a very simple:
Tree, trunk, branch, crown,
Climbing up and sitting down,
Morning sun becomes noon-blue,
All the world is old and new.
Amazon claims the book is for ages 9-12 and there's no way that's correct. It's definitely the kind of book you read to little ones or they read when they're learning first words. The book is an unbound galley and I'm a little early. The release is scheduled for mid-September.
4.5/5 - Awe-inspiring illustrations, simple text. A lovely, sweet book.
This is part 2 of Childen's Book Day. We have a big black cloud rolling over the neighborhood, so I can't say whether or not the weather will temporarily shut me down, but I'll be back soon with the third book!