All the World

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Six third grade students taught me something today, and they could not have imagined what a special lesson it was for their teacher.

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.

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2 thoughts on “All the World

  1. Dear Shelley… A friend sent me a link to your post and I don’t know if I could be more moved — even if I HAD been there to hear the words recited. Thank you, thank you — for sharing the book with your students, and for sharing the experience with me. You have no idea what it means to know that real kids are reading and living in the words… I think I will print it out to read on my dark days. Best, Liz Garton Scanlon

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