Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Happy Egg

The Happy Egg
Ruth Krauss with pictures by Crockett Johnson
Scholastic, 1967

How romantic would it be to spend your day creating children's books with the person you love? I mean, I don't know much about these guys in their deep personal life, but to the outsider, their marriage looks pretty dang cool. The Happy Egg is my favorite of their collaborations, and tells the story of a little little egg and how it came to be cracked.

There was a little little bird.
It was just born.
It was still an egg.
It couldn't walk.
It couldn't sing.
It couldn't fly.
It could just get sat on.

This is the last book the two created together, and I can't imagine it took him longer than a weekend to do the drawings (unless I am sorely underestimating the creative process here). The illustrations just as sweet as they could be, with words that are as humdrum as they are uplifting.

Also by:
A Very Special House
I'll Be You and You Be Me

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