In Every Life (Hardcover)
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“Sometimes it takes an upside-down world to see what is most important to all of us. Frazee’s sublime genius is her signature warmth of spirit, line and shading, and most importantly, the warmth of love. Such an exquisite gift for all!”
— Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA
Sometimes it takes an upside down world to see clearly what is most important – to all of us. Frazee’s sublime genius is her ability to parse this tone poem to its core with her signature warmth of spirit, line and shading and most importantly, the warmth of love. Such an exquisite gift for all!
(Picture book, ages 4+) Find more Staff Picks by Maureen— Maureen
I have to implore you with all my heart that In Every Life by Marla Frazee is a book you need. This is the book that you can hand to anyone at any time for the perfect gift. Welcoming a new baby or marking a milestone? This book will share joy. Grieving a loss and seeking solace? This book will bring comfort. Let Marla Frazee's beautifully simple text and stunningly expansive artwork connect you to the majesty of In Every Life.
(Picture book, all ages) Find more Staff Picks by Jessica— Jessica
In every life, there is love and loss, hope and joy, wonder and mystery. With glowing art and spare, powerful text, Caldecott Honor–winning creator Marla Frazee celebrates the moments, feelings, and experiences, both big and small, that make up a life.
Marla Frazee is the recipient of a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book and a two-time Caldecott Honor winner. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, and Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, as well as her own Farmer Books trilogy, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, and The Boss Baby, which inspired the DreamWorks Animation film. She is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Clementine chapter books by Sara Pennypacker. The mother of three grown sons, she lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her at MarlaFrazee.com.
"Readers looking for picture books featuring people who look like them: rejoice!... Fellowship is precisely the feeling that [Frazee] captures here, in uplifting word and luminous image."
— Shelf Awareness For Readers, *STARRED REVIEW*
* "This book is a meditation on gratitude, full of intricate symbolism.... The overall mood is slow, steady, and soothing. The combination of the spiritual words and the prosaic moments alternating with grand panoramas bestows a magnitude to the minutiae of the everyday. The characters are diverse in every sense of the word, representing a myriad of families and lived experiences. While the book’s brevity is appropriate for a read-aloud, children will want to examine the illustrations closely.... Simultaneously simple and majestic, this benediction of a book is recommended for first purchase."
— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
* "This brief, stirring benediction... starts with new life. A rich trove of moving images lets Frazee range over an expansive constellation of human experiences, offering fodder to explore and discuss."
— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
* "Providing opportunities for observation, conversation, and reflection... This lyrical blessing of a picture book belongs on every shelf."
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED