I published this book many years ago. The children who were reading it when it was published are now in their 30's, their 40's, or perhaps even their 50's. But even though the book is now out-of-print, it seems that it still lives on in the hearts of those who read it as a child. Someone will tell me, "It was my favorite book when I was 5 (or 10, or 4, or 8, or....)." A grandmother or grandfather writes, "My daughter/son loved this book, and now I want to give it to my grandchild."
...and the flyleaf of another copy of this book. A colleague of mine, seeing the same flyleafs, wrote, "These inscriptions are very moving, and renew my faith in the tender, sacred quality shared between children and those close to them through children's books. Seeing these handwritten notes is quite touching. Yes, all the work and effort put into creating good children's books is so worthwhile." Could we, as writers and illustrators of books for children, leave behind any better legacy?