The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
If All the World Were
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
This beautiful story tells the love that one little girl has for her ageing grandad. They spend each season having fun together but she knows he is not well. One day he isn’t there anymore, but the little girl finds evidence of their happy times together. She knows she has memories and imagination enough to keep her grandad alive and she remembers him smiling and laughing.
A touching and sensitive text that doesn’t dwell on the sadness. There are some lovely lines that are really memorable: ‘If all the world were springtime, I would replant my grandad’s birthdays so that he would never get old.’ The bright colours and wonderfully painterly illustrations are also lively and vivid.
A lovely book that could really bring comfort to the whole family.