World So Wide is interactive look at childhood’s firsts

World So Wide McGheeWORLD SO WIDE, by Alison McGhee and Kate Alizadeh, Two Lions, March 1, 2020, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 2 and up)

Children love learning about themselves as babies. They have lots of questions and will ask them over and over again. World So Wide, by Alison McGhee and Kate Alizadeh, celebrates those first experiences.

Somewhere in the world
the world so far
the world so wide
someone is the youngest person alive.

 What will be the first sights they see?
Sun and moon and sky…
the love in someone’s eye?

Inside World So WideWorld So Wide is equally a book for parents and children. The interactive nature of its text begs for it to be a family affair. Why not read to a child in your lap about another child, a younger them you once cuddled in your arms? The book works best when both parent and child are active participants.

Alison McGhee’s text is languid and sparse. It has pauses and prompts throughout. Kate Alizadeh’s digitally created illustrations are beautiful. While vibrant and bold, they also have a calming quality to them.

The publisher’s suggested age range for World So Wide is 0-6. I think 2-5 is probably a better fit.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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