Thursday, October 8, 2009

Loving Marlaa Frazee

I always look for new books with Marla Frazee as the illustrator and this one, coupled with Liz Garton Scanlon as the author, is wonderful.   
     All the World is one of those books that just makes you happy when you read it... Hope and peace and love and trust... All the world is all of us.

     At a deeper level, this book is really about the life of an every day family taking the time to be, well, just to be.  All the world is wide and deep... The simple poetic rhythm of this book is accompanied perfectly by Marla Frazee's illustrations as she adds brilliant depth to the story by including rich detail in her drawings.  You will smile as you read it!  You'll want to spend a day with your family!

     I think this is a perfect text to use when talking about community... and the amount of inferring you can do just by looking at the illustrations is unsurpassed.  I can see using it as mentor text in our writer's workshop.  I can see using it with my students and having a discussion of time.
     I've been thinking a lot about time and the rush we are always in as teachers and learners... this book may just become the link to the idea of slowing down, meandering in thought, and adding needed depth to our daily work as learners.

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