You Are Never Alone

You Are Never Alone

From the creators of You Are Stardust and Wild Ideas comes a new informational picture book that explores how humans are inextricably connected to nature. This book draws examples from the clouds and the cosmos, the seafloor and the surface of our skin, to show how we are never alone: we are always surrounded and supported by nature. Whether it's gravity holding us tight;...

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Title:You Are Never Alone
Author:Elin Kelsey
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You Are Never Alone Reviews

  • La Coccinelle

    I requested this book from NetGalley because I read

    years ago and really enjoyed it.

    is actually even better! It's all about interconnectedness, which is a topic I'm seeing more in children's books. I recently read

    by Jason Gruhl and thought it was okay... but

    is everything I wish that other book had been. It doesn't just state that we're connected to everything; it actually shows and tells us how, through simpl

    I requested this book from NetGalley because I read

    years ago and really enjoyed it.

    is actually even better! It's all about interconnectedness, which is a topic I'm seeing more in children's books. I recently read

    by Jason Gruhl and thought it was okay... but

    is everything I wish that other book had been. It doesn't just state that we're connected to everything; it actually shows and tells us how, through simple text and beautiful, unique illustrations.

    Soyeon Kim's gorgeous illustrations are one of the main reasons I enjoyed

    as much as I did, and they're just as wonderful here. Drawings and collage are combined to create cute, fantastical landscapes that show how we're connected to the world around us.

    The environmental message doesn't hit readers over the head. At least, it didn't hit me over the head. I was too busy absorbing the interesting factoids and basking in the beauty of the pictures. The author's note at the end gives a little more information about the facts presented in the book, with a link for further information (

    ).

    I would highly recommend this book to kids of all ages, and even to adults who appreciate good-quality picture books with beautiful artwork.

  • Heidi

    The combination of lyrical text and symbolic images makes for a fascinating read in Kelsey and Kim's You are Never Alone. The gorgeous dioramas (shone in their completeness on the back of the jacket) show adorable children enjoying the wonders of nature. This creates an imaginative feel for the text that highlights the many ways that nature touches our lives for the better. With so much focus on the negative interactions between humans and nature and the challenges of climate change, it's easy t

    The combination of lyrical text and symbolic images makes for a fascinating read in Kelsey and Kim's You are Never Alone. The gorgeous dioramas (shone in their completeness on the back of the jacket) show adorable children enjoying the wonders of nature. This creates an imaginative feel for the text that highlights the many ways that nature touches our lives for the better. With so much focus on the negative interactions between humans and nature and the challenges of climate change, it's easy to get down about the future. This book highlights the delights that remain with us if we take the time to see them. A book ripe for discussion between parent or teacher and child. A very childlike view of the world that reminded me to take the time to "smell the roses" so to speak.

  • Cheriee Weichel

    The whole earth is our community and we exist within "the blast of it's love."

    Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim, with lyrical text and gorgeous art, make the interconnectedness of life here on our blue planet very clear. The positive message is scientifically based. Our relationships benefits us in remarkable ways. These two creators remind us that "Mother Nature has your back."

    Did you know that mud and dirt is full of bacteria that releases serotonin that in turn, increases mood and makes you smarter!

    The whole earth is our community and we exist within "the blast of it's love."

    Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim, with lyrical text and gorgeous art, make the interconnectedness of life here on our blue planet very clear. The positive message is scientifically based. Our relationships benefits us in remarkable ways. These two creators remind us that "Mother Nature has your back."

    Did you know that mud and dirt is full of bacteria that releases serotonin that in turn, increases mood and makes you smarter! Now I know why I love to garden, and why, even though I wear gloves, they never stay on my hands for long.

    You won't read about this in the book, but I couldn't help but realize that we tinker with our environments at our own peril.

    Notes at the back of the book explain where the information comes from. You can also go to Owl Kids Books for more details. Once there you can watch videos of the author and illustrator discussing their work, download a Teacher's Guide, and much more.

  • Anne Marie

    While the pictures in this book are beyond spectacular, the prose seems more like an afterthought. The book begins on a somewhat strong footing, but with the third page or so it becomes quite weird, rendering it difficult for me to use this book for teaching purposes. I don't know what to do with the scientific facts in this book. For example, how do I connect the fact that playing in mud makes learning easier? ..... I think that part of my confusion with this book lies with the title. I thought

    While the pictures in this book are beyond spectacular, the prose seems more like an afterthought. The book begins on a somewhat strong footing, but with the third page or so it becomes quite weird, rendering it difficult for me to use this book for teaching purposes. I don't know what to do with the scientific facts in this book. For example, how do I connect the fact that playing in mud makes learning easier? ..... I think that part of my confusion with this book lies with the title. I thought the prose would continually connect the fact that kids are continually connected to friendly animals, like the robin on the cover, but the prose meanders to animals, flora and fauna, even microorganisms that are beyond my scope, animals that are far from cozy. I don't know about you, but to me it's not entirely a reassuring thought that I'm surrounded by microorganisms or that the fish I just consumed previously gorged himself on the poop of other animals. If you're an art teacher, I'm sure that there's much here to inspire you and your students, but if you're looking for a suitable text for language arts or science, I would advise you to look elsewhere.

  • Michele Knott

    Looks at the connections between us and the environment.

  • Tasha

    The creators of You Are Stardust return with another book that demonstrates how interconnected we are. This time the focus is on the nature around all of us and how we are never alone in our environment. We can look into the eyes of a dog and feel love, we play in the mud and feel deep happiness thanks to microorganisms, we breathe oxygen that plants create. Nature is there in everything we do, everything we eat, and our connections can be as huge as a whale to as small as the organisms on our s

    The creators of You Are Stardust return with another book that demonstrates how interconnected we are. This time the focus is on the nature around all of us and how we are never alone in our environment. We can look into the eyes of a dog and feel love, we play in the mud and feel deep happiness thanks to microorganisms, we breathe oxygen that plants create. Nature is there in everything we do, everything we eat, and our connections can be as huge as a whale to as small as the organisms on our skin. We are never alone, because we are supported by this web of life that we too are a part of.

    Kelsey’s words are poetic and moving. She points out immense connections to nature like the water cycle and oxygen cycle, then she moves to painting the personal connections to pets and also includes the smallest creatures we know of. It’s a beautiful way to view nature, as supportive and complex, something we must not only trust in but value enough to protect too.

    The illustrations by Kim are spectacular. Done in multilayered paper collage, they seem lit from within and shine on the page. Kim plays with perspective and size in most of the illustrations, including fine line drawings, dancing paper leaves and branches, and children everywhere.

    A gentle and inclusive look at nature and our world by two gifted children’s book creators. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Etienne

    A bit charge in the illustrations department. There are a lot of little things and details and all in a style that wasn’t really great for me. The story present the relation between humans and nature in the cycle of life from microorganism into the sea too us. That part was interesting but there are book who present it in a more precise/clearer way. Good, but lack the little wow effect to reach another level!

  • CynthiaA

    Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to see and review this book.

    I loved the idea of a book extolling the connection between nature and humanity. The artwork is lovely, serene and whimsical. But the story itself, while it started out beautifully, took a tangent that made it a little too real for young children. Also, it was not well structured. I think a connection link could have been made, over several pages, between the smallest organisms and the largest. The story tells of mites on our skin

    Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to see and review this book.

    I loved the idea of a book extolling the connection between nature and humanity. The artwork is lovely, serene and whimsical. But the story itself, while it started out beautifully, took a tangent that made it a little too real for young children. Also, it was not well structured. I think a connection link could have been made, over several pages, between the smallest organisms and the largest. The story tells of mites on our skin and ocean algae in our ice cream, and fish eating whale poop. These things, true as they might be, are not helpful information for young kids who have wild imaginations. If I told my children there was algae in their ice cream and whale poop in fish, they would never eat those things again. They would be frightened of the idea of mites on their skin. Nobody wants bugs living on them and that is how children would interpret that information. The text might be more suitable for older children, but parents frequently choose picture books for the 3-7 age group. Additionally, the artwork shows younger children. I did very much enjoy the parts about how worms and insects and birds help our gardens grow, how tree roots serve a great purpose beyond feeding trees by providing structure and plumbing to our landscapes, how pets and other animals can make us feel better when we are sad or lonely. But overall, the ideas were scattered and the text contained information that is over-the-heads of young children and therefore becomes more icky than cool.

  • Jane

    is a colourful book that illustrates the interconnectedness of organisms in the universe.

    The topic is one I think is important, and the book does a good job of providing examples of the ways different plants, animals, and inanimate forces work together to create this world in which we live. The bright and colourful illustrations are unique and interesting to look at.

    I wanted to love this book, and by all accounts I really should have loved it, but somehow it just didn't con

    is a colourful book that illustrates the interconnectedness of organisms in the universe.

    The topic is one I think is important, and the book does a good job of providing examples of the ways different plants, animals, and inanimate forces work together to create this world in which we live. The bright and colourful illustrations are unique and interesting to look at.

    I wanted to love this book, and by all accounts I really should have loved it, but somehow it just didn't connect for me. I give this book 3 stars, but I think it will be better loved by many.

  • Bea  Charmed

    The message in this book is a good one, full of hope and joy. Where the book is less successful is the execution of the message. While the author does a decent job of explaining connections and introducing environmentalism, and the art complements the text beautifully, the text is long winded and lacks a hook to grab and engage the child reading or listening to this story. I did appreciate that Kelsey didn't talk down to the readers but used appropriate terminology, which could lead to discussio

    The message in this book is a good one, full of hope and joy. Where the book is less successful is the execution of the message. While the author does a decent job of explaining connections and introducing environmentalism, and the art complements the text beautifully, the text is long winded and lacks a hook to grab and engage the child reading or listening to this story. I did appreciate that Kelsey didn't talk down to the readers but used appropriate terminology, which could lead to discussions about the concepts introduced.

    Honestly, the artwork makes the book. Full of color, but not overly bright or shiny, and full of details, the pictures are a delight to the heart and mind. You can play I Spy or talk about the great variety of animals and images. There's also a nice variety of children of different ethnicities though a lack of children who are 'different' - no one with eyeglasses or hearing aids, no crutches, braces or wheelchairs, etc.

    "You Are Never Alone" has gorgeous illustrations, and is whimsical and educational. I didn't love it but it has a place in your home or classroom.

    I would recommend this book for children age 6 and up.

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