I was shocked just a week ago after reading “You May Want to Marry My Husband” that Amy Krouse Rosenthal was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer and again today, although not surprised, saddened to find that she passed away.
It was interesting to see her article go viral as it swept through the kidlit community – that was no shock. But, to see so many of my friends have it posted on their Facebook feeds was really interesting because I know, they have never read any of her children’s literature. I feel as though I know her just a little bit through her work, she seemed a king and gentle spirit who valued the everyday moments as much as the important ones.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a writer who could take big problems and bring them down to a child’s level and find a way to make everything seem right. She had a quick sense of humor that could be seen in much of her work and I have loved everything she’s ever written. If you don’t read any of her other books, read just one – I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, a beautiful and touching story about appreciating the little things in life with the ones you loved. A touching tribute about the fragility of life by someone who understood the sentiment only too well.
If you don’t mind balling your eyes out and ugly crying at your desk, check out the Twitter hashtag –
#loveforAmyKrouseRosenthal as wishes are shared.
To Amy’s family – I wish you more comfort and peace.