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All the World

Posted on June 18th, 2019 in STEM literacy links

Publication: All the World | Author: Liz Garton Scanlon | Age: 3+ years

Girl and boy looking at to sea

‘Everything you hear, smell, see
All the world is everything
Everything is you and me’

This open-hearted poem captures the moods and beauty of everyday life and takes the reader to the core of human existence. Beauty, love and humanity is found in the simplest and smallest things. Be that a feather twirling in the wind, a beautiful old tree inviting children to climb in, a cosy kitchen filled with laughter and the smell of cupcakes, a thunderstorm rolling in and leaving people rushing to find shelter or a wave crashing against a rocky shore.

The muted-coloured illustrations capture the little details of ordinary family life and give the poem such warmth and magic. Complex concepts such as love, life cycles, past, present and future are made easily accessible through simple yet compelling phrases.

Open up the world of everyday STEM and invite the children to use their senses and imagine little stories around the illustrations. Have they been caught in a thunderstorm before? How does it feel to walk with sandy feet on a hot pathway? Does the smell of a certain dish remind them of a certain event or time?

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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