All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, Illustrated by Marla Frazee

Book Cover:  All the WorldHow can I not love All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon when it’s illustrated by Marla Frazee? I adore Frazee.  And All the World is no exception.  How does Frazee do it?  I discovered Frazee last year (links to other reviews at end of post) and am still in shock with how much I just love her illustrations.  If  a book has her name on it, it’s pretty much guaranteed a winner.

But first let’s talk about the story.  The text by Liz Garton Scanlon flows from one page to the next with a thoughtful tone that makes the reader pause to let the words sink in.  The story follows the day of a family beginning with a morning on the beach and their daily routine until the evening which is spent with family and friends.  The words are simple but convey that each moment is to be savored and is special.  That each of us have a place in this world and that simply by being a part of the world we are all connected.

All the world can hold quite still.
Nanas, papas, cousins, kin
Piano, harp, and violin
Babies passed from neck to knee
All the world is you and me
Everything you hear, smell, see
All the world is everything
Everything is you and me
Hope and peace and love and trust
All the world is all of us.

The illustrations add so much to the beautiful text.  Frazee shows the  young, the old, and different cultures.  I love how she also included a nursing mother.  It was the little touches like that that made me stop and linger over the pages.   This book is beautiful.  Simply beautiful.  The illustrations are visually stunning, cute, humorous, and breathtaking all in one roll.  It’s hard to pick a favorite spread but I remember gasping a little at this one:

All the World Tree Illustration

Oh  my.  I’ve fallen in love again . . .

Links of interest:  Liz Barton Scanlon website and blogMarla Frazee website, more book blogger reviews,  Maw Books reviews of  Santa Claus, The World’s Number One Toy Expert, Walk On! A Guide for Babies both by Marla Frazee and  the Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker illustrated by Marla Frazee.   All the World is nominated for a Cybils award in the Fiction Picture Book category for which I’m a panelist.
Genre:  Fiction Picture Book, approx ages 4-8.
Publisher:  Beach Lane Books.  September 8, 2009.
Hardcover, 40 pages. ISBN 1416985808
All the World is available from your favorite independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.


  1. The illustration u have chosen is really really pretty. Pictures can be really fun and joy to read..

    on November 4th, 2009 at 11:04 am
  2. Wow, that is gorgeous! I have a friend who is an amazing illustrator – I sure hope she manages to illustrate a book sometime, cause she has real talent. A lot like Frazee’s style too.

    on November 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am
  3. Oh, yes! We just received this book for processing at the library today (I work in the children’s section of our university library). I was floored by the beautiful illustrations.

    on November 4th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
  4. Beautiful book! I can’t wait to read it to my little ones. Thanks for sharing!

    on November 4th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
  5. What a beautiful book! The text is wonderful but the illustrations are amazine. I just love that tree and I;m sure every child would adore a tree like that to climb…although they may never come down! Some books for children are worth keeping and taking down off the shelf to read now and again when we are adults if only to keep us young!

    Great post! Thank you!

    on November 4th, 2009 at 10:21 pm
  6. Those do look like truly amazing illustrations!

    on November 4th, 2009 at 10:46 pm
  7. Oh how lovely! Both the text and the art go well together.

    on November 5th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  8. I absolutely LOVE this book. I read it to my little ones all the time. Also, your Michael Jackson Halloween family is made of win. Well done. =)

    on November 6th, 2009 at 12:42 am
  9. The artwork is absolutely amazing. Wow.

    on November 9th, 2009 at 7:28 am
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