Philip C. Stead has created a book that talks about the animals he will have in and around his home in the country. The narrator of the story (the author and illustrator) takes the reader on a proud tour of their home. The tone is classical with some modern twists. He shows how human, animals and nature all share the same space in All the Animals Where I live.
The illustrations are soft and airy. The colors do not overwhelm and pop where and when they are needed. However, they are almost not solid. They really have unearthly quality to them. However, there is no question what they are representing. They are still realistic. They are certainly his signature style.
This is a book that can be read or have it read-to all ages. However, if you have a more active child, or a younger one, they might not want to sit for it. There is not a lot of action. But the reader could have fun with the child asking them, “Have they seen a frog?” or “What do you think that animal is?” if they are not familiar with it. The book can be education and fun at the same time.
All the Animals Where I Live could be a great way to use as a start to talk about the animals that live around you. Be they teddy bears, mice, dogs, cats or moose. You can also ask what kind of people live near you too. Not to mention what other kind of nature is around you.