All Around Me I See

All around me Interior

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“The grass is a bed for a deer. 

A forest is a family for a tree. 

The wind is a wing for a seed. 

A meadow is a feast for a bee.”

With eyes wide open to the mysteries of nature, a child on a hike discovers that “a leaf is a boat for a beetle” and that “a nest is a cradle for eggs.” Tired from her long walk, she sleeps—and in her dream she flies like a bird and marvels at the beauty around her. This planet, that is home to so many creatures, is magical when seen through the eyes of wonder.

A picture book for children ages 3-8

Illustrated by Cris Arbo
Published by Dawn Publications, 2005

Bank Street College of Education 2006 Best Children’s Book


Immersed in a child's eye view of the world, the reader feels the child's joy in nature - and then, dream borne, goes forth and becomes part of the animal world she sees. This flight of fancy sings with a quiet, true exuberance. All Around Me I See is an opportunity to allow children to love the earth first - just what they need to do, before we ask them to save it.
–Prof. David Sobel, Antioch New England–Co-Director of the Center for Place-based Education

While finding meaning in things occurring in nature, this book captures the eye, mind, and imagination--and you feel that exuberant joy of childhood when all things are possible and the best is yet to come.
–Barbara Geiger, President, Learning Explorations, Dayton, Ohio

This is the exuberant tale of a child's first nature discoveries... celebrated in a realistic fantasy of nature from a child's point of view.
–Arizona Networking News, Editor's Choice, Scottsdale, AZ

The beautiful illustrations convey the sense of wonder that an innocent child has when beholding the world.
–OC Family Magazine, Newport Beach, CA

The bold colors, sharp detail, and active illustrations are captivating.... The book is recommended for children ages 3 to 8. However, both adults and children will enjoy it. Place it face front, and watch people pick it up!
–Craig Reem, New Age Retailer's National Review Network, Bellingham, WA

Save this picture book for a read aloud treat on a quiet summer night... The pictures are as lush as the rhymes are; readers and listeneres will easily be lulled into the proper mood."
–Parents' Express, Philadelphia, PA

Teacher's Guide

Filled with activities in language arts, science, art and more, this teacher’s guide is a great extension to curriculum for grades pre-k-2. Also included: author and illustrator interviews and a fun word search puzzle! This guide was created by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, a reading specialist and author of many books for young people. Visit Tracie’s website here.