Friday, August 29, 2008

the you-ness of you

I discovered this Minneapolis children's book author, Marianne Richmond, this week when I was looking for a book to get Jonathan for his birthday. I had never heard of her before this, but it turns out that she has a lot of great books. The one I chose for Jonathan was "Hooray for you! A Celebration of You-ness."

It begins with:

For quite a long time, the world saved a place.
Millions were born, yet none filled your space.

And ends with:

On the day you were born, the world grew by one
life with big purpose and much to be done.
Look in the mirror. Love who you see.
Stand tall. Smile big. Shout, "Hooray for me!"

And a sampling of lots of good tidbits in between:

Isn't it something that your wonderful face
is not like another in the whole human race?

Yes, from head to toe tip, you're truly original,
a creation-in-progress, a distinct individual.
Look the world over, and you'll never find
a duplicate of you-ness that's your one-of-a-kind!

The body you live in can jump, dance, and play
with custom-built parts to move your own way.


Ang said...

WOW!! What a great book. Good find! your barn party looks like you all had a blast.

The Rhoderick Family said...

I love this. So cute and such great words to know that you are one of a kind!

Peggy said...

hehe. i like it.
is john going to be there tomorrow?