Children’s Book Giveaway: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World.
September 07, 2010

I was happy there all by myself, alone at the End of the World.

M.T. Anderson’s Me, All Alone, at the End of the World is a fascinating book about the joys of solitude.  It has an underlying environmental message as well, and the illustrations by Kevin Hawkes are outstanding.

The book begins with a boy who lives alone with his mule at the End of the World.  He fills his days with activities such as listening to the wind and looking for treasure.  Then, one day a man named Mr. Shimmer comes along and builds an inn.  At first, the boy enjoys the new-ness of the inn.  He has fun playing with friends and exploring new activities.  In the end, however, he misses the silence and the solitude he once enjoyed.  So he leaves the End of the World and moves to the Top of the World where he finds happiness in simplicity once again.

In all honesty, Me, All Alone, at the End of the World is right up my alley.  I love books that introduce children to the pleasures of self-sufficiency and the beauty of an untarnished wilderness.  This book is poignant and creative and reminds me of the great depths of childhood imagination, without being too heavy on the message.  So although it is aimed at older children, I still show Anderson’s book to Charlotte as often as I can.  She does not have the patience to sit through an entire reading, so I paraphrase the story and talk about the illustrations with her instead.


Reading with Aunt R - what a perfect way to spend the holiday weekend!

Pros: This book serves as a foundation for many important conversations with children about topics such as solitude, the natural world, self-sufficiency, and capitalism.  As well, Hawkes is a brilliant illustrator.

Cons: I do not feel that there are any cons, but a few people I know feel that it is a little heavy on the environmental message.  Personally, positive environmental messages never bother me.

Borrow or Buy: Buy.

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this question: what (if anything) do you enjoy about solitude?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time and the winners will be announced next Tuesday morning.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to six entries.

For extra entries: This is on the honor system, so please be honest.  I will award you one extra entry if you vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs or at Top Baby Blogs.  Each day you vote, I will award you two additional entries.  I am hoping to maintain or move into a spot in the top ten on both sites so that we can slowly begin to reach more parents about the joys and importance of reading with children.

To purchase this book: You can buy Me, All Alone, at the End of the World through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.

An announcement: The winner of last week’s book series giveaway was Julie.  Yay, Julie!


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  1. By Cambria on September 07, 2010

    I like being able to calm my thoughts without distraction. Read. Write. Nap as I please.

    But this is no longer my reality, but am thankful for the time it was as it prepared me for this phase of my life.

  2. By on September 07, 2010

    I enjoy the time to quiet my mind and think.

  3. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on September 07, 2010

    LOVE that picture of you and Charlotte - you look great!

  4. By Amber on September 07, 2010

    I like having time to slow down, calm my thoughts (or at least TRY) and relax.  If I’m reading a good book, I’ll curl up on the couch with it. Ah….

  5. By on September 07, 2010

    I haven’t read this book, but from your review it sounds like the protagonist, while being apart from other people, is with his mule and surrounded by other animals.  That is one of the things I love about “solitude”, being quietly in company with other critters besides people.

  6. By on September 07, 2010

    I voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs.

  7. By on September 07, 2010

    I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs.

  8. By Elin on September 07, 2010

    I love many things about solitude - reading, sewing, napping. As an extrovert, I don’t require too much of it, which is good with a 14 month old running around.

  9. By monica on September 07, 2010

    I love the peace and quiet and the opportunity to sort out my thoughts and put them on paper.

  10. By Mailis on September 07, 2010

    Oh, how I used to love being alone. I enjoyed doing things on my own schedule, living in my head and drinking copious amounts of coffee. I used to go everywhere alone. By choice. Movies, dinner, coffee shops…wherever.

    Now? I am never alone. And I am oddly ok with that. :)

    (I voted at both sites, of course…)

  11. By on September 07, 2010

    Looks like a good one !
    That must be your sister ...she looks just like you :-)

  12. By on September 07, 2010

    I enjoy the quiet!  I have a toddler who talks all day long, and, while I love that, sometimes it’s nice to have silence!

  13. By Alicia Benedict on September 07, 2010

    I am definitely voting for you right now on both Baby Blogs and Mommy Blogs.  Even moreso because due to their listing I found your site & I have a very soft spot for anyone promoting good literature…especially for the next generations!  I am a lifelong book nerd, writer, and hope (as I begin to prepare for trying to conceive :)) to pass along my passion for and belief in literature to another generation of my own :).

    Alicia

    Crossing my fingers I win! :)

  14. By Alicia Benedict on September 07, 2010

    Ps: the story line reminds me of one of my favorite childhood tomes: Wump World.  No idea if anyone remembers that but for me as a toddler and up it was a heartwrenching story of a natural world destroyed and restored.  Still have a copy!

  15. By on September 07, 2010

    My favourite thing about solitude is the QUIET. I love taking a break from the ongoing noises of busyness and everyday life.

  16. By ...and baby makes five! on September 07, 2010

    As an only child, I think I value and NEED some solitude in my life… I recharge while I’m alone. I think clearer if I can have some moments to myself…

  17. By on September 07, 2010

    Solitude allows me to focus and helps me re-prioritize

  18. By on September 07, 2010

    I am a quiet person, so solitude is my best friend. I love a quiet house on a quiet morning any day of the week.

  19. By Whitney on September 07, 2010

    I love just being able to refresh and re-energize. It gives me a moment to stop, breathe and then go on. :)

  20. By beyond on September 07, 2010

    i love being alone. nobody around to interrupt my thoughts. it’s how i recharge.

  21. By on September 07, 2010

    I miss being alone now that I have my little one, but not as much as I miss my little one when I am alone.  Still, sometimes a bath, a book, and a cup of tea feel like a weeks’ vacation.

  22. By on September 08, 2010

    I enjoy solitude because it means I don’t have to speak.  I can devote more of my thoughts to things other than what the next words out of my mouth will be!

  23. By on September 08, 2010

    Of course, I voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs today.

  24. By on September 08, 2010

    Of course, I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs today.

  25. By on September 08, 2010

    I lived alone for a year in college and in many ways it was the least stressful year of my life.  I love having time along just to think, to enjoy the quiet, and to not feel guilty for doing absolutely nothing.  I do my best thinking in quiet solitude.

  26. By beyond on September 08, 2010

    just voted for you on both sites!

  27. By on September 09, 2010

    I enjoy solitude because generally when I am experiencing solitude it is in a place with little industrial noise, so I can better enjoy the sounds of nature.

  28. By on September 09, 2010

    I voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs today. —

  29. By on September 09, 2010

    I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs today. —

  30. By Kate on September 10, 2010

    I enjoy the quiet. and the feeling that I can be myself totally and not have to answer to anyone

  31. By on September 10, 2010

    Another reason I enjoy solitude is that being in solitude usually means that I can read uninterrupted!

  32. By on September 10, 2010

    I cast a new vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today!

  33. By on September 10, 2010

    I cast a new vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today!

  34. By Mailis on September 10, 2010

    I am enjoying some solitude right now. I just put a very fussy baby down for a nap, and I think I might spend some of my alone time sleeping too. ;)

    I voted at both places, of course.

  35. By beyond on September 10, 2010

    just voted on both blogs again!

  36. By on September 11, 2010

    I enjoy solitude because I find it restful.

  37. By on September 11, 2010

    -I cast a new vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today!

  38. By on September 11, 2010

    -I cast a new vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today!

  39. By on September 11, 2010

    I like solitude because it gives me time to reflect and read.

  40. By Michelle on September 12, 2010

    Hi, Sarah.

    I voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs!

  41. By Michelle on September 12, 2010

    I like solitude because I get so little of it!  Since my husband currently works at home most of the time and I have an almost-8-month old, I love any solitude I get!  Just time to sit in silence and read, write emails, or play my guitar, it’s nice to be alone!

  42. By on September 12, 2010

    I enjoy solitude because solitude to me means more than just being alone.  Solitude is inherently an experience of quiet, peace, and reflection.  Everyone needs such times to recharge and become reinvigorated for the next thing.

  43. By on September 12, 2010

    -I cast my vote for you on Top Mommy Blogs today!

  44. By on September 12, 2010

    -I cast my vote for you on Top Baby Blogs today!


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