Monday, September 5, 2016

PBT Redux Series #4 – All the World

Here’s the next re-posting of one of my favorite PBT books that was published in the last decade or so. Since picture books are getting better and better, it’s really easy to forget about a particular gem that’s sitting for free at your local library, ready for you to use in ministry. It’s Labor Day here in The USA; this book has a Labor Day sort of feeling. Enjoy!
Picture Book: All the World 
Author: Liz Garton Scanlon 
Illustrator: Marta Frazee 
Summary: This wonderful book follows a circle of human families of all kinds throughout a day of outside activities. When rain comes, the families come together in another family’s restaurant. They share songs and sweet good nights. Each beautiful double page spread emphasizes our connections with the natural world and other humans. 
Hanna’s Comments: Like looking at the night sky, when reading this book you'll feel as if you and your audience are small but significant pieces of humanity in the beautiful masterwork of the natural world. The meter of the poetry allows for slow reading and the pages are big on most versions so help your audience catch the details and inferences in these fabulous illustrations. Finding the blessings of connections, just like I do here at Picture Book Theology, seems to be the theme of this storybook, one of my all-time favorites.
Original Publisher & Date: Beach Lane Books, 2009 
Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up 
Available in Spanish? Yes 
Formats other than Book: Tablet, A video of this book can be found on a Scholastic compilation of 4 picture book videos called: Children Make Terrible Pets and More Stories about Family
Scripture Connections: Creation (Genesis 1 or 2), Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-15), the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book during a lesson on finding the Holy in the ordinary or how we are all spiritually connected.