The Whole Wide World and Me – Toni Yult

 The Whole Wide World and Me – Toni Yult, Candlewick Press, (9780763692636), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a beautifully illustrated, very simple book about a little girl’s connection with nature.  The author, a former librarian, states that she was inspired to make this story because of her own deep connection with nature.  There are very few words in this book as a little girl explores the world around her. We see flowers in a field, water in a pond, white clouds in a blue sky — all kinds of wonderful things in nature.  We also see how she feels connected to nature — how she splashes like a whale at sea, rolls down a hill like a pebble, or floats like leaves falling from a tree.

There are little details in the book that would make this engaging for very young readers such as a purple bird that appears on almost every page and a tiny ladybug and colorful butterfly that also make several appearances.  Young children can also mimic some of the motions like splashing in waves or rolling down a mountain.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of one and three.

Who should buy it? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children between the ages of one and three.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” pile? Yes

Reviewer:  Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA

Date of Review:  February 25, 2019


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