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I'll Be You and You Be Me Hardcover – May 22, 2001
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From the creators of A Hole Is to Dig comes a reissue of another classic, I'll Be You and You Be Me. Author Ruth Krauss and illustrator Maurice Sendak, with a little help from some young friends, capture all the ups and downs of friendship. A charmingly meandering series of stories, poems, and pen-and-ink line drawings feels like a scrapbook of kid-speak:
--He runsShort-short plays, mysteries, and fairy tales are sprinkled with Sendak's (Where the Wild Things Are, etc.) tiny, sketchy images. Open to any page and dive right in! (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
--He dunks his toast
and I dunk mine
About 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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Top Customer Reviews
That said, the illustrations are the best part of the book. It is not Ruth Krauss' best. Don't get me wrong, I love creativity and the childlikeness of the poems included. But my kids didn't really get it. EVen though they are gentle and creative types, the poems appealed more to me than them. They couldn't catch the subtle sense of humor either.
NOw my kids are young (4 and 6), so maybe they'll appreciate it more when they are older. And they did get some smiles out of the Song for Monkey. But I am not sure they were prepared for a new story each page, with very little connection throughout the book. Buy this for yourself and get the kids "The Carrot Seed" or something else.