THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD AND ME, by Toni Yuly, Candlewick Press


A bold, joyful picture book for the very young shows that the natural world is full of wonders — and each of us is a small part of that.

Like a flower in a field . . .
Like a cloud in the sky . . .
So am I.

Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, just as a wave is part of the sea, so, too, is every one of us part of something bigger. With bright collage illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, acclaimed author-illustrator Toni Yuly invites readers to celebrate our relationship to the natural world.

Out February 19, 2019

32 pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

I read this book almost as soon as it came in, pushing it to the top of my review pile.  Why?

When I read this book, I sat back and thought… Wow! What a little book with such a huge message.

In this day an age, among all the people that populate this world, it is hard to think of yourself as anything but a wee speck, hardly noticeable. Now, imagine how a tiny two to four year must feel in this great big world.

This book sends a soft message that everything in this world matters, whether you are a pebble against a mountain, or one of many clouds in the sky, no matter how you feel in this big world, you matter.  Everything has a purpose, a place and is important.

I loved the beautiful illustrations that went along with the story.  These visual aids help with the message.  I think an adult may need to help explain the message, as it is written from an adult remembering when she was a four-year-old.

Love this book and think everyone should read it.  It carries a true and important message to the question that all of us have asked at one time in our lives: “Who am I in This Big World?”

I gave it:


five star rating

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