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ALL THAT IS YOU by Alyssa Satin Capucilli


by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-62779-702-3
Publisher: Henry Holt

A gentle, lyrical celebration of the everyday joys in life.

Young children and caregivers of various skin colors, ages, sizes, and abilities are illustrated in a variety of scenes: dancing, horseback riding, sledding in the snow, frolicking at the beach, and eating meals with loved ones. Brief rhyming text accompanies most of the images, elucidating the emotion depicted. A brown-skinned child and adult splash in a rain puddle (“You’re the hop in my happy, / the SPLASH in my puddle”); a group of diverse children and adults prepare for and then celebrate a birthday (“You’re the make in my cake, / the hooray when candles glow”). While the majority of the rich mixed-media illustrations depict people enjoying realistic activities, some vibrant spreads encourage the use of imagination and creativity, with characters depicted floating or sailing through the sky; all images convey warmth, peace, and love. One character wears a green hijab; another uses a wheelchair. The book offers a wonderful opportunity for expressing love and community values during small group or one-on-one reading and snuggling. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A sweet book with inclusive imagery for special one-on-one moments.

(Picture book. 3-5)