Back of Book:
Award-winning illustrator Rafael López brings new life with his adaptation of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” saluting the lives of all young people. The rhythmic verse and repetitive emphasis on “we” and “our” encourages inclusive communities and the celebration of unity and diverse friendships all around the world.
I was so excited to see this book in the Scholastic catalog. I quickly ordered it with my bonus points and I am so glad that I did. Rafael has taken a simple concept and turned it into a beautiful story. He took the song lyrics that we all know an created a challenge for the next generation. The story follows a lively group of children as they follow a ball of yarn around the world. Each page represents a different aspect of our earth. Be it the sun, mountains, animals, and friends. The illustrations are vibrant in color and absolutely stunning. They show children with a variety of cultures and abilities! Any child who reads this story will be able to see themselves in the illustrations. The back of the book has a piano score as well as notes about the original spiritual song, and a note from the illustrator. This is a diverse picture book that should be in every classroom.
Ages 5 and up