Author: Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Audience: Ages 3 – 7
Summary: Caldecott Honor book for beautiful illustrations. A day in the life of a brother and sister and family spent exploring their world and making connections to the entire world around them.
Literary elements at work in the story
Genre: Picture book depicting a fictional day in the life of a family.
Setting: A spring or summer day in the life of two young children beginning in the morning and moving through to the evening.
Characterization: Main characters are two young children a boy and a girl and their family. The book is their perception of the world around them on one day.
Theme: The World is full of wonderful and marvelous things to see, hear, touch and know. And we experience all these things together with one another.
Point of View: The world’s point of view from someone who lives in a coastal area mostly likely in North America.
Style: Short rhyming phrases which build up to the repeated phrase “All the World is…”
Gender: Good for both boys and girls who are represented equally.
Race: This book illustrates a multi-racial family and extended family and community.
Culture: This book seems to show a small community which works and plays together. It could be any community with people from all different backgrounds represented.
Ability: The book represents multi-generations that value both young and old.
Theology: God created all the Earth with meaning and purpose all around us to be shared with one another. The Earth has a cycle and so do we.
Faith Talk Questions:
- If the plants and flowers rely on the bees, who do we rely on?
- When do you think the people in the story take time to pray to God?
- Can you remember a time in the church where we all come together and sing and listen?
- What do you think God’s plan for the world looks like?
Review prepared by Union Presbyterian Seminary student Jill Kimbirl
All the World by Storypath is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.