All of Us

Philomel. May 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593204696.
K-Gr 2–This simple yet beautiful book reminds readers that they are not alone. With a boy in a yarmulke praying to his hands, and a child next to him on a prayer rug, bowed in the Islamic manner, the book shows how differences need not be divisive, and that commonalities are everywhere.The story starts out with just one girl, “Me,” and expands with one child after another, who have various hair colors and skin tones, until it presents the entire earth, stylized, with pyramids in landscapes right next to Western cities. The book cycles back to the original child: “All kinds of kids, thoughtful and free. Sometimes in groups, sometimes ... just me.” The illustrations sweepingly display different countries, celebrations, and people.
VERDICT Children will find something different every time they read the poem, and feel cherished by the message of openness.

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