One and Everything

One and Everything
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November 01, 2022
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Fine artist Sam Winston, cocreator of the New York Times best-selling A Child of Books, celebrates the power of stories and written languages—and the imperative to preserve them.

Once there were many stories in the world. There were stories with sunsets and wonderful tales filled with fairies and dinosaurs. But one day, a story decided that it was the best, the most important story ever. It called itself the One and started to consume every other story it came across. The One ate stories made of seas and others full of dogs. Soon it seemed that the One was all there was . . . or was it? Inspired by the Endangered Alphabets project, aimed at preserving cultures by sharing their unique scripts, author-illustrator Sam Winston uses writing systems such as cuneiform and Tibetan, Egyptian hieroglyphs and ogham to illustrate this book in his signature typography-based style, using symbols and letters that have relayed the world’s stories over the centuries.

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When one story names himself as the One and Only, he eats up all the other stories until he's the only one left in existence. As he goes through his day, the stories within him blur together into darkness until one speaks up. It asks about different languages and stories until The One realizes he's a combination of everything. This turns him into all of the stories instead of just one.

ONE AND EVERYTHING is a nod to the impact the written language has had on our society and how it's magnified by technology. In the back of the book, there's more information on languages and the regions they're spoken. The illustrations hold alphabets from different cultures and blends them together like a magical compilation of tales.

Final Verdict: ONE AND EVERYTHING is both thought-provoking and educational. While teaching children about how many languages might be lost, it makes them think about how words can continue to shape our future. What story will your child tell?
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