The whole wide world and me
Book - 2019
Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, just as a wave is part of the sea, so, too, is every one of us part of something bigger. With bright collage illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, acclaimed author-illustrator Toni Yuly invites readers to celebrate our relationship to the natural world.
In her signature illustration style, Yuly offers a darling picture book inviting little ones to contemplate and appreciate their places in relation to the whole wide world. Short, gently rhythmic sentences pair with modern multimedia illustrations that pop against the crisp, white backgrounds of the pages. The playful narrator, a girl in big green boots with a floppy red bow in her hair, expresses a deep sense of mindfulness for nature, observing the many small ways the natural world contributes to the world's greatness, including herself: among pebbles, fish, and splashing waves, the girl says, I am a small part of it all. Each double spread features collage artwork in a soft color palette and images that neatly link to the text, which should make it easy for young ones to see the connections among the images. Perfect for spring or summer seasons to encourage kids to get outside and strengthen their relationships with nature, this soft-tempo story is a nice match with Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (2013) and Xelena Gonzalez's All Around Us? (2017). Preschool-Kindergarten. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-K—In a simple poem of appreciation, a young girl feels at one with nature ("I am a small part of it all."). Striking illustrations—created with pencil, ink, torn tissue, and cut paper—are rendered in brilliant colors of red, blue, purple, green, and a pop of yellow. Metaphors and similes are used as the girl compares herself to a flower, a fish, and a wave while spending a day outside admiring her surroundings. Sitting in a tree looking at a white cloud in the blue sky, splashing in the sea while a whale swims offshore, and gently playing with a red ladybug with black polka-dots, the child appears to cherish her world and her fellow creatures. A large font is used and placed on double-spread pictures, allowing the book to serve as a beginning reader as well as the impetus to a discussion of our place in our world. VERDICT A fine addition to preschool classrooms, perfect for storytime.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.
Just as a pebble is part of a mountain and a wave is part of a sea, a little girl reflects that she is part of something bigger.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A bold, joyful picture book for the very young shows that the natural world is full of wonders — and each of us is a small part of that.Like a flower in a field . . .Like a cloud in the sky . . .So am I.Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, just as a wave is part of the sea, so, too, is every one of us part of something bigger. With bright collage illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, acclaimed author-illustrator Toni Yuly invites readers to celebrate our relationship to the natural world.