When you are alone, you can do all sorts of things pretend you are tiny (or enormous), hear things other people cant hear, and see things they cant see. Being alone is fine sometimes. Kevin Henkes first book makes it clear that he remembers his own childhood and respects that time in others.
His remarkable paintings have a life and luminescense that are unforgettable. Its always fun to spend time with friends, but every now and then its nice to be by yourself. When youre alone, there is no end to what you can imagine and no limit to what you can do.
You might hear the trees breathe in the wind. Maybe youll feel tall enough to taste the sky or so small that you can hide behind a stone. Best of all, you can look at yourself both inside and out and know that no one is just like you.
Originally published in 1981, All Alone was Kevin Henkess first book for children. With a pitch-perfect text and full-color paintings that capture the wonder and delight of a childs world, this remarkably accomplished debut is available again for a new generation of readers.