Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan; illus. Michael Wimmer

Synopsis:

A little boy recounts all the special places on his family's farm. Eli knows that no matter where the rest of his life takes him, all the places to love are right here, connected to the land. MacLachlan's moving text is paired with stunning full-color illustrations that capture the simple beauty of farm life.

Details:

Published April 22nd 1994 by HarperCollins

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My Review:

Though simple and for a younger age group, the poetry-like prose in this book is extremely polished and beautiful. I use this to teach writing using the five senses. There truly is much brilliant sensory imagery along with figurative language that sparkles. Although it's not an action packed read, it is interesting for any reader simply because of the wording. The sentimental theme, a boy discovering the places he loves and sharing them with his younger sister, seems really emotional and special, perhaps due to the superb writing.

Source: Purchased

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