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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins,Australia (16 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060210982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060210984
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec 1998
Format: Hardcover
"All the Places to Love" is a beautiful story of down-to-earth magic and miracles smudged with tiny handprints. It is the kind of book you want to read slowly and quietly, so that you can hear the heart-whispers inside of you recognize the dreams printed on the pages behind each word and each exquisite picture. When I first read the book, I was 19 and babysitting, and I was fascinated with the way the story mirrored my own heart. I now own a copy, a gift from my best friend in anticipation of the births of our first children. The story of young Eli and all the places his growing family loves is a rare amd refreshing view of how glimpses of the face of God really aren't so uncommon or so fragile after all: miracles are born every single day, and play-worn, work-worn, year-worn, love-worn legacies are the best kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec 1997
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My 4 year old and I read literally hundreds of chilren's books in a year, and I can think of no book that I enjoyed reading to him more than this one. I appreciated the way the author beautifully and thoughtfully portrayed the traditional family. The little boy relates in a positive and meaningful way with his parents, grandparents, and his new little sister as the story is told of the three generations living together on a farm in the mountains.
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Adults and children both will identify with this story. It is especially powerful for any 5 - 9 yr. old boy who is adjusting to the idea of having a new baby sister.
His big-brother role is defined in a delightful way which enhances his esteem and belongingness to the basic family. He becomes "protector" and "teacher" for his new sibling just as he has been protected and taught since his own birth.
The beautiful paintings, which must be "read" along with the words, are masterpieces.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec 1998
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"All the Places to Love" is beautifully written and illustrated. It is a simple message of love for this beautiful world and the love and felicity of family relationships. I can not make it through this book without shedding tears. My children (10 of them, ages 1-16 years) enjoy this book and never tire of reading it. I give it 5 stars!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
LOVE this book! 24 Sep 2002
By Bourne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year-old daughter has hundreds of books, but only a select few sit on the "special shelf" in her room, and this is one of them. I bought it for her a couple of years ago, and it has been my favorite ever since. Everything about this book is beautiful.... the illustrations, the story, and the message. I simply cannot read through this book without crying...........the second to the last page does me in every time!! This book is a lovely reminder to enjoy and appreciate the simple things that surround all of us. If you are looking for a special book that your children will love and you will treasure, this is the one.........BUY THIS BOOK! If I had to pick only one of my daughter's books to save forever, this would be it.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully told and gorgeous illustrated 3 May 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Oh, boy, this was a baby gift to our son in 1994 and I STILL get all puddled up when I read it aloud to our kids. Patricia MacLachlan captures the stillness and quietude of a rural life in her sweet tale of a boy waiting for his sister to be born so that he can teach her where "all the places to love" are. Mike Wimmer does a superb job of making his realistic painted illustrations harmonize with MacLachlan's text. The scene where Eli is in the barn with his grandfather waiting for his sister Sylvia to be born has such a beautiful Wimmer illustration that it never fails to take my breath away. If the people are perhaps somewhat idealized--just minutes after giving birth, the mom looks golden, serene and ready for her close-up--then so is the story, and that's OK. It gives kids something to dream about, whether or not they're awaiting the arrival of a new sibling. Really and truly captivating.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Must read for every family! 19 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books to read to our family. We have had it for 5 years and are about to wear it out with all of our bedtime readings. It is a great portrayal of family heritage and finding your place. We have used it as a springboard to name our favorite "place to love". It has helped my children get to know their grandparents and community better. I must also mention that the memories that it conjures up of my own childhood are priceless.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A breathtaking tribute to simplicity, and the joy of birth! 1 Dec 1998
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Format: Hardcover
"All the Places to Love" is a beautiful story of down-to-earth magic and miracles smudged with tiny handprints. It is the kind of book you want to read slowly and quietly, so that you can hear the heart-whispers inside of you recognize the dreams printed on the pages behind each word and each exquisite picture. When I first read the book, I was 19 and babysitting, and I was fascinated with the way the story mirrored my own heart. I now own a copy, a gift from my best friend in anticipation of the births of our first children. The story of young Eli and all the places his growing family loves is a rare amd refreshing view of how glimpses of the face of God really aren't so uncommon or so fragile after all: miracles are born every single day, and play-worn, work-worn, year-worn, love-worn legacies are the best kind.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have book for any adult or child. 4 Jan 2000
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This is, without question, the most beautiful book pertaining to childhood that I have ever read. The text conjures up an idealistic view of extended families, something that seems to be lost in today's society. The illustrations are breathtaking; Mike Wimmer has certainly captured the essence of a childhood we all wish we had. I have given this book as gifts to friends and family and without exception have been sincerely thanked for adding such a wonderful book to their library. It will add pleasure to all who own it for years and generations to come.
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