Simple Truths: And I Love You by Ruth Krauss
LOVE LITTLE WORDS.
LOVE LITTLE TEARS.
Venerable author Ruth Krauss's 1987 book Big and Little, has been remastered, so to speak, in Scholastic's And I Love You (2010), gloriously illustrated by the award-winning Steven Kellogg.
Krauss's little poem is simple, a soothing repetition of big things that love little things that are part of them--dark city streets and bright lamp posts, ample forests and little trees, big seas and tiny seashells --in a refrain which undergirds the final "And I love you" between parent and child. Kellogg here offers his familiar soft-textured animals and usual pastel palette of greens, blues, and yellows, but his wider landscapes and subtly textured watercolors have the breadth and sweep that only a master illustrator can bring to this little volume.
A tender Valentine from parent or grandparent to child, And I Love You is a warm and wonderful way to express the beauty of protective love.