I’ve seen a couple of recent blogs about “inheritance” books—you know, those books that you have loved for your lifetime and plan to pass to the next generation. That reminded me of the baby shower given for my nephew and niece not long ago. Guests were asked to bring a book for the baby’s library. My sister and I decided it was time to pass on part of our “inheritance.”
The book we chose to give to the next generation was a picture book based on The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson. It’s a favorite fairytale of mine, featuring a king, a wicked step-mother and the children she can’t wait to get rid of. So she sends the girl away and curses the boys, who become swans by day and turn into themselves as the sun goes down. Only the love and devotion of the daughter saves her brothers and returns them to a normal life.
The book is full of beautiful images and the cover has inset 3D artwork. But the best part is that the book was a gift from our grandmother and granddaddy when we were in grade school, which makes it extra special to pass on to the next generation.
Do you have an “inheritance” book on your shelves? Or one you’ve already shared? What is it and what makes it special for you?