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|All we know|
Author: Ashman, Linda
By depicting the wonder of the natural world, a mother describes how the love for her child naturally blossomed in her heart.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 182268
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/16)
School Library Journal (00/04/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2016 Elements of nature instinctively know what they’re supposed to do: “A seed knows how to sprout, / A lamb knows how to bleat. / A bee knows where the nectar is / to make the honey sweet.” A litany of such occurrences—clouds making rain, trees growing and losing leaves—make up the text until we see the pregnant woman, who is actually our narrator. She, too, has her own internal timetable. When her baby is born, no one needs to teach her how to love her child, now sitting on her lap: “I just knew.” The simple yet artful rhymes are made to be read aloud to young listeners sitting on their own parents’ laps. Illustrator Dyer is the go-to artist for the softest and sweetest of artwork featuring young children, and she doesn’t disappoint here. A towheaded child is the focus, but both friends, flora, and fauna are equally endearing. Children may find more in this book than just sentiment, so prepare for questions. How, they might ask, does a bulb know when to bloom? - Copyright 2016 Booklist.