Something good enough.

Claire and BetsiClaire and BetsiI am blessed with the most beautiful friends. Claire, lovely before she had Betsi, made even more beautiful by the act of motherhood, here, resting for a moment in a small pool of sunshine.

I am hoping to catch an idea of a book for Betsi. A sleepy book of dreaming creatures, something that is good enough and perfect enough for such a darling.

At Art in Action many people said that my books were ‘too good for children’. I would have answered them then, but I do it now. Nothing on earth is too good for children. My only wish is to make something beautiful that honours them, something good enough.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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10 Responses to Something good enough.

  1. Lucinda says:

    How ridiculous! Your books are adored by my children and me. And my friends. How can such wonderous books be too good for anyone? My children respond to the beauty and wisdom held in your books just as much as any adult who reads them does. I will never let them go, they are some of my favourite books. Ever. XXX

  2. Kathy Kenney says:

    I suppose it was meant as a compliment… Too good for children meaning I want this for myself! I buy your books for me, but share them with children. Maybe your commenters weren’t comfortable tidying themselves with a lovely book…

  3. Kathy Kenney says:

    And that would be ” weren’t comfortable TREATING themselves…”

  4. Anita says:

    Too good for children???? What a sad comment. Those little people need to know the best of things in order to be the best for their (and our) future. —If they do not learn to respect and love fine things, what will their future hold?

  5. Brenda says:

    Jackie,
    I think your books look extraordinary and exquisite, just right for children.
    Brenda

  6. Yes–what does it matter that a book gets over loved and raggy.
    We get raggy too, and the loving is so worth it! it’s that puritan thing corseted Victorians had with children-to be seen not heard-and never ever to be muddy from just being kids. Sad indeed.

    • Jackie says:

      One of the best reviews I ever had for a book was a tattered battered copy of Can You See a Little Bear. It was the third the child had been given. The other two had been loved to death. I asked to have this one when he had worn it too ragged to read. I wonder where he is now?

  7. Marianne says:

    make it a board book for the little ones. Can’t wait for my granddaughter to be old enough to hold your books safely.

  8. Doubtless it was meant as a compliment, but we’ve forgotten that the formation of taste begins with the sharing of the beautiful with an infant…

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