April 3, 2012

All the World

All the World
Liz Garton Scanlon (Author)
Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

Comprehension Strategy:

Art Modality:

All the world is here.
It is there.
It is everywhere.
All the world is right where you are.

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. (Summary from Simon & Schuster.)

All the World

Here’s a book to help you welcome spring and celebrate Earth Day. As I recommend this book, I’m sitting on a screened porch, looking at my mother’s garden (“All the world’s a garden bed.”), listening to the birds sing (“Nest, bird, feather, fly. All the world has got its sky.”) and watching my son with his grandparents (“All the world is old and new.”).

“All the world can hold quite still.”
I hope you can find a moment in your busy world to hold still and listen to this book. Just click here for a heartwarming song and view of the book:

To share this book with your class and encourage the thinking work of synthesis, you might want to discuss the book spread by spread. I simply asked, “What is going on here? What do you think it means?” Then I listened and the students listened to each other. When you arrive at the end of the book, ask once more, “Now what does it all mean?” You’ll be amazed at the insight and wisdom that will come out of the mouths of your babes. It’s a simple lesson, but with an effort on listening and thinking, students will have good practice at putting the parts of a text together to make meaning and to find a theme. Since singing together is one sure way to build community, you’ll want to invite the children to sing along with the video for several days. Each day, invite the children to discuss together what they think about the author’s message. How does the illustrator help us find meaning in the poem?

"Hope and peace and love and trust. 
All the world is all of us."

A world-wide-web of information....
For a simply lovely teacher’s guide, click this cover:
To listen to Marla Frazee talk about her illustrations, click on this scene:


  1. What a beautiful book! Thank you.

    Grade ONEderful

  2. Hi, Jayne. I love love love this book! So beautiful in both its words and its illustrations. What a nice idea to use it to celebrate Earth Day and the start of spring. And thanks for sharing the other ways you use it to promote discussion in class!

  3. Hi Jayne,

    Thanks for not just sharing a great mentor text but how to read use it to the max! I love your blog!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andrea, Thanks for the compliment. I checked out your blog, too, and I'm your newest follower. Happy Teaching! JG

  4. I love your ideas and suggestions. Your blog is wonderful. I am your newest follower!


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  5. Jayne,
    Hi! I am so excited to find your blog! I LOVE teaching reading and I LOVED incorporating the arts. However, my district is against "arts" in the classroom - only in the art room. A few years ago I was told I had too much artwork and not enough student work in the classroom. The only artwork on the walls was where students illustrated their published writing piece. The county office feels there are better uses of the students' instructional time than crafts. :( Sad.
    I am your newest follower and I hope you will stop by my blog sometime, too.

    :) Tamera

    1. Oh my! That just breaks my heart. Be strong!
      I followed you back, JG

  6. Love, love, love this! Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower.


  7. I am going to order this book!! How beautiful!
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  8. Hi Jayne,
    Just downloaded your "Thinking About School" freebie. It looks very cute. Thank you!
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