After reading The Horn Book Magazine's September/October 2012 article, " Artists Are To Watch: Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss in the 1950s,"--Johnson and Krauss were married, in case you didn't know--an article about the the FBI's belief that Crockett Johnson was one of "400 concealed Communists," I felt compelled to read Ruth Krauss' A Hole is to Dig, because A. I'd never read it before and B. it was illustrated by one of my favs, Maurice Sendak.
A Hole is to Dig (1952) is a child's first book of definitions, written from the point of view of children, which means it results in pages like,
"A party is to say how-do-you-do and shake hands"
"A party is to make little children happy"
|From Ruth Krauss' A Hole is to Dig, |
Mauric Sendak illustrator