Alfred A. Knopf, January 1998. Hardcover. Item #221390
"It is because I love you I give you for your birthday present the aurora
borealis" begins this never-before-published poem by quintessential American
poet Carl Sandburg. The brief text, designed with the air of a
turn-of-the-century love letter, tells of a lovestruck young man who struggles
to bring the "shimmering swimmering" northern lights to the front porch of his
beloved. This stylish valentine for all seasons is luminously illustrated by
Caldecott Honor artist Anita Lobel who lights up the sky in colors and images
that dance on the page. In a style suggestive of Georgia O'Keeffe's, Lobel has
created a picturebook tour de force that speaks to all ages. Handsomely
formatted, complete with a pink satin ribbon bookmark, it is a beautiful
testimony to the power of love and an elegant way to say "I love you"
"any" day of the year.