I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but as soon as I saw the cover of If I Could Keep You Little, by Marianne Richmond, I knew it was a book I wanted to read. Just like the mom and baby on the book's cover, my kids love to lie on my legs and pretend to be an airplane- and when I'm "flying" them, I frequently think about how much they've grown and get a little sad at the idea of them outgrowing this favorite activity.
"If I could keep you little,
I’d decide on matching clothes.
But then I’d miss you choosing
dots on top and stripes below
If I could keep you little
I’d cut your bread in shapes.
But then I’d miss you finding
“Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!”
I am happy to report that, in this case, judging the book by its cover was not a mistake! This book is, simply put, really wonderful and beautiful. I made my husband read it last night, and he agreed with me that the author got the emotions of parenting just right- a bit of nostalgia and sadness over a child growing up, and a lot of joy and excitement about who the child is becoming and the things that he/she is now able to do. I love that! In addition to the sweet story, the illustrations are gorgeous. You can practically feel the love between the parents and kids in the pictures radiating off the page.
If I Could Keep You Little now has a place of honor on my kids' bookshelf- up with the other really special books that I love the best. And I will definitely be buying this book for baby showers in the future! If you'd like to get a copy for yourself or another parent- it's on sale now at the Sourcebooks website- 15% off and free shipping with orders over $25!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.