Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

All the Places to Love

Wimmer, Mike (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1994. 32 pages
First published: 1994
ISBN: 9780060210984 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“What I first saw were all the places to love: the valley, the river falling down over rocks, the hilltop where blueberries grew.” Poetic language narrates this story that celebrates the simplicities of life and the connection to the earth that we all have. Eli is born in the valley and learns to love the land through the love his family harbours. “Where else,” his father says, “can the soft sound of cows chewing make all the difference in the world?”

The paintings are exceptionally striking, with lush landscapes done in realistic oil colours. One scene depicts the mother carrying her son on her shoulders while two dogs frolic beside her in a flowery meadow. In another, Eli stoops in the spring rain to watch a turtle walk in the meadow-turned-marsh. The artwork plays a central role in conveying the beauty of this landscape.

This is a homage to simple wonders: the crawl of a turtle, the trout flashing in the river, blooming trillium, and a soft bed of grass where a deer had slept. It is a reminder of the things one can learn and experience in nature by looking closely and taking the time.

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    Discuss how a family’s life changes when a child is born.

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    The illustrator has created lush, warm artwork that echoes and extends the written text. Do a picture walk and describe some of the elements the illustrator uses to convey a sense of warmth.

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    The author uses numerous similes (“Crows in the dirt that swaggered like pirates.”) Find other similes and describe how they enrich the story.

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    Write about the place where you feel safest and happiest. Describe why you love it so much. Include a photo or drawing.

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    Go for a picture walk and explore the natural elements. Find the words for them and add them to a class list. Discuss the illustrations and the realism of the paintings.

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    Discuss how the arrival of a new baby changes family life.

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    As the book is read aloud, discuss which parts of the texts are present in the illustrations and which are not.

  •  Assemble a few photos or drawings into a booklet to show some of the places you feel safe and happy. Describe why you love these places so much. Use the author’s style.
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Science and Technology