One and Everything is many layered. It’s an artwork, a message, and a prompt for thought and discussion inspired by the Endangered Alphabets project.
This is a book about: stories and storytelling, words and language, culture, oral traditions, and expression. At its heart is language and written scripts.
It deals with complex concepts that need the support of teachers and/or parents to help understand and interpret them.
One and Everything will also benefit from multiple readings and detailed exploration, including the additional information at the back of the book. It includes information about 10 of the unusual language scripts used. There’s also a map showing where the book’s 50 different scripts come from, and a list of them in both English and the scripts themselves.
An unusual and rather difficult to describe book, One and Everything is a reminder of the importance of language in its many forms.
Title: One and Everything
Author/Illustrator: Sam Winston
Publisher: Walker, $29.99
Publication Date: November 2022
For ages: ages 9-13 (and older)
Type: Nonfiction picture book for older readers