I received a heartfelt message in the old Diamond in the Window email box today from someone looking for a forgotten and yet not forgotten book:
Here's the deal: I remember a book from my childhood, and I remember
loving it, but I don't remember the name, the author, the words, or
really, anything else useful. Here's what I do remember:
-the theme was definitely late-1970's everybody-is-good-no-matter-their-color/ability/etc-the artwork was very colorful and beautiful; it might have featured blue people-it was a picture book, I'd guess ages 3-6 oriented-it had the following rhythm scheme (I repeat, these aren't the actual
words, but if you read them outloud, the general beat is correct): "So
I turn my eyes to the ocean / I turn my eyes to the sea/ I notice the
ocean's in motion / 'cause everyone's different than me." No guarantee
even that the rhyme scheme is correct here, but that last line
certainly gives you a sense of the general theme.
Any chance you or any of your blog readers can help me? My
daughter is of the age now where I think she'd enjoy it, and I'd love
to share it with her. Plus, I feel like this book has been stuck on
the tip of my tongue for YEARS, and I'd love to get it off!
I, of course, have no idea at all what she is talking about. Though the mood, of course, is vaguely familiar. But can we help this person? Wouldn't it be excellent if we could? Anyone have an idea, put it in the comments and see what we can do.