I was talking with them about this year’s Caldecott award winning books: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman and All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon.
After looking at The Lion and the Mouse and talking about the poems in Sidman’s book, I picked up All the World. I began to explain that Scanlon’s was not a story in the traditional sense, that the book was more like a poem. As I began to turn the pages, a few of the children began to read the book aloud. A few pages later, all six voices were reading the words. I wish I had a tape recorder. It was absolutely the way this book was meant to be enjoyed. I had needlessly worried that the story would not “grab” a group of third grade students, but it didn’t matter. After I turned the final page, we all sat there for a moment. I only wish Liz Scanlon could have heard her beautiful words recited like a prayer.