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I'll Be You and You Be Me

I'll Be You and You Be Me

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by Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

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From the team that brought us A Hole Is To Dig, here's another romp through the wild and wonderful imagination of children.


From the team that brought us A Hole Is To Dig, here's another romp through the wild and wonderful imagination of children.

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Children's Literature
If you are an adult reading this book for the first time, close your eyes. Have someone read it aloud to you. Listen to words and rhythms you will remember from childhood. Funny ones. Thoughtful ones. Goofy ones. Kind ones. It's as if the author re-entered her own childhood to capture the cadences of language and thought that typify young children. "I think I'll grow up to be a steam shovel." "(L)ove is you give them a leg off your gingerbread man." If you didn't say those exact phrases as a child yourself, you no doubt said something similar. Now open your eyes. Take a look at the tiny, enchanting illustrations accompanying the text. Whimsical line drawings cover the page at will. Tiny children dance in the corner of the page; a horse hangs by his tail from a tree; two little boys leap gleefully off Earth into space. The drawings' joy and abandon match the lack of self-consciousness of the text. Published nearly half a century ago, this book proves that in many ways, small children haven't changed a bit. Thank heavens for little girls—and boys—and those who document their ways so well. 2001 (orig. 1954), HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Stephanie Farrow

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Sendak Reissues Series
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

I love the sun
I love a house
I love a river
and a hill where I watch
and a song I heard
and a dream I made

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss's beloved picture books include two Caldecott Honor Books, The Happy Day, illustrated by Marc Simont, and A Very Special House, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, as well as the perennial favorite A Hole is to Dig, also illustrated by Mr. Sendak.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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I'll Be You and You Be Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
christy_wooke More than 1 year ago
Adorable Adorable.