If All the World Were… bookcover

If All the World Were…

Joseph Coelho, Ms. Allison Colpoys

A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl’s love for her granddad and how she copes when he’s gone, written by multi-award winning poet and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho.   This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.   With Allison Colpoys’ gorgeous artwork spilling from each page, accompany a girl and her grandad over spring, summer and autumn. See how he teaches her to imagine, to create, and to enjoy the small things in life, and how, when winter comes, he lives on in her heart.   The perfect way into talking about a difficult subject with children, showing that sadness is as necessary to happiness as winter is to spring. If All the World Were… is a soothing, reassuring approach to loss and how to live without someone you loved, and a beautiful story, beautifully told.

Latest reviews

Very nice book. I love how they sit together a lot

Colorful book..grand child and grandad bonding story...good book

The pictures were colourful and the story was nice

The pictures were very colourful. I liked the story because it was about making memories with your grandparents. I would recommend this to others.

I kinda like this book when the grandad told the girl lots of stories about when he was in India like there was homemade toys and there were ships ,snakes and tigers

It was colourful and calming thanks

I like the book. its interesting and a bit funny

Liked it but it's a bit sad and made me think of grandad.

It was very colourful and I liked the story

Personally I can really relate to this story as I have a strong connection with one of my grandparents.

I would recommend this book because it is a poetic picture book about the love between a little girl and her grandad, and how, through memories, love can live on.

I love springtime

There’s a sad part of the story I love the pictures. I would recommend this book.

This is a nice book for everybody

Fiction because it tells stories about information. The book was about seasons and happy things. No sad things. The girl loves her grandad and birthday and likes to hug.

I liked the parts where it said a season then said We explore,hand in hand but it is sad in the middle because here granddad died.

A nice book, a bit sad

It was about a girl who spent a lot a time with her grandfather and when he passes she remembers the moments with him. It is happy and sad. It made me realise how you have to make memories.

I really like this book because it gives me a lot of nice ideas and makes me want to smile more than ever before.I got lots of great things that I have learned from reading this book and it can be really lovely sometimes if you read it carefully and you can read it right.

The LIttle Girl and her Grandad had really lovely times together having fun and spending lots of time together. It was sad when her Grandad died, but he left her a very special gift that helped her to keep lots of their memories together safely, that was beautiful.

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