ALL OF US
In a nutshell: In a story that travels the globe, we see how the world is a community made up of people who are more similar than we are different.
The world is rich with people and places of distinct and complex cultures. And yet, even with its rich diversity, it’s easy to see that the world is one community of people who are similar in so many ways. With stunning, lush art to accompany the lyrical text, this book celebrates the connections we can make to appreciate and share our world.
Starred Review: "Love is the core of the voyage ... The breathtaking art carries the message throughout."
Excerpt from Booklist
Starred Review: "This simple yet beautiful book reminds readers that they are not alone ... the book shows how differences need not be divisive, and that commonalities are everywhere."
School Library Journal
"This celebration of global interconnectedness and acceptance of racial, religious, and other differences is a much-needed affirmation of a community that welcomes all with open arms."
Excerpt from Horn Book
"Erskine's spare text, relayed in a collective first person narration, describes how people from all walks of life can come together....this picture book offers an uplifting vision for a unified world."
Excerpt from Publishers Weekly
"The first few pages read: “Me… // can be we. / You… // can come, too. / They… // can be ‘Hey!’ / It’s all of us.” Such lines are representative of the text as a whole, which never evolves into a clear verbal story, instead offering a broad affirmation of diversity, inclusion, and community. Boiger’s illustrations imagine that community as a global one of diverse children (all are first included in the cover art), with visual cues that mark one child as Jewish, another Muslim, and another with a mobility disability. They set sail together on a ship, which can be read as a metaphorical journey through life, peaceably and joyfully taking in the wonders of the world. The text also describes ways they (and we all) can contribute to the world in which we live: “Some build things up, some create art / Some help the earth, some heal the heart.”
Excerpt from Kirkus
Fun Facts About ALL OF US
A Kids Book A Day blog recommends a marvelous selection of books, and I'm grateful ALL OF US is on their list!
I love that ALL OF US is featured at ALL SHE WROTE, "an intersectional, inclusive feminist and queer bookstore that supports, celebrates, and amplifies underrepresented voices through our thoughtfully curated selection of books spanning across all genres." Thank you, ALL SHE WROTE!!
On Saturday, August 21 at 1 pm (EST), the wonderful Books of Wonder in NYC is hosting a picture book panel including ALL OF US when I'll finally get to meet (virtually, at least) Alexandra Boiger and ask her about her stunning illustrations!
ALL OF US is an Editor's Pick (Best Books for Ages 3 -5) on Amazon!
Here's an interview with The Writer's Story!
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