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I Wish You More

This is a sweet book full of encouragement and inspiration. I love the message conveyed by both the text and the delightful pictures.

“I wish you more tippy-toes than deep,” one page reads, while a little fellow stands (on his tippy-toes) in chin deep water. What child hasn’t, at some time, had the experience of drifting a bit too far out, only to realize they need to bounce quickly back to the shallow end?

Or, “I wish you more umbrella than rain.” The accompanying illustration shows mostly bright blue rain coming down upon a little person holding a red umbrella. All of the space under the umbrella is white to show there is no rain falling on the child. Darling!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (whoisamy.com) is the author and Tom Lichtenheld (tomlichtenheld.com) is the illustrator. Together they have created many award winning, best selling children’s books, but I haven’t had the pleasure of getting my hands on any of those just yet. Please check out each of their websites! So, so sweet and F-U-N!

I mentioned on Instagram last night that I Wish You More would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift. It’s going to be my go-to Valentine’s gift this year! Simple and heartfelt, with a radiating sense of hope and love. What more could someone wish for on Valentine’s Day, or any day? Except maybe chocolate. . .

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Beyond the Pond

Beyond the Pond is author-illustrator Joseph Kuefler’s debut picture book, (Balzer + Bray) and it is delightful! Ernest D. is a little fellow who lives in an ordinary house in an ordinary town. One day he decides to explore the depths of his pond, and in so doing, he finds an exceptional world – one that has been there all the time!

I love this book because Mr. Kuefler is the author-illustrator, and I think it’s an awe-inspiring work of art when an author can take exactly what is in his (or her) heart and mind, and bring it to life on paper. This book is full of something (text and pictures) that I as a parent think is too often missing in our kids today. . .imagination.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I do want to say that Ernest D. wouldn’t have had the experiences he did had he stayed indoors playing PS4 or Xbox One. I am also not going to turn this into a review for Last Child in the Woods, (Richard Louv) except to say that our children need more books like Beyond the Pond and more friends like Ernest D. Friends who will explore the woods with them. Friends who will wade into the coolness of the creek, and dangle smelly pieces of raw hot dog into the water for some unwitting crawdad to grab. Friends who will spend warm, summer evenings chasing fireflies and searching for toads while the only sound filling the night is that of crickets.

Thank you Mr. Kuefler for encouraging children everywhere to use their imagination to look past the ordinary, to see what is truly there. . .Maybe if more children did this, they, like Ernest D., would see that just beyond the ordinary is something, well, exceptional.

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