The truths of this book are sometimes wonderfully surreal and sometimes wonderfully pointed.
Yes, it is true that sometimes, you meet people, and you just know exactly what they are all about; and I think Krauss perfectly captures that.
I'm sure that's how I felt about my baby sister!
And yes, "loveabye" is a good word to know.
Who exactly was this book for? What was it's reception like? Who was buying it in 1960?
Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved A Hole is to Dig very much. This book was certainly as enjoyable, and remarkably thought-provoking. Krauss, with Sendak's help, takes us out of storybook land into a world that Thoreau would have been quite at home in. Picture books can be philosophical - the best ones usually are. But this combination of Krauss and Sendak is special. The book starts with this bit of rebellious prose: "a screaming song is good to know in case you need to scream" and goes on from there, sometimes wonderfully surreal, other times wonderfully pointed. It's hard not to imagine a small boys and girls of the early sixties having this read aloud to them, and taking that "screaming song" and other bits of revolutionary thought into their classrooms and then to the streets (a line drawn from Sendak and Krauss to 1968). Who knows. I do know that this book is a small gem of genius.
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