Though sentimental, Crystal shows children just how eagerly parents and grandparents anticipate and love their children. His narration is in verse: “You’re the new twig on our tree, / and I can’t wait to watch you grow.”
Children are indeed a value. As values they must be pursued for the right reasons –hopefully for their potential as individuals, and not just as new ‘clan’. The latter view reduces them to dependent chattel or pets.
There is no explicit virtue suggested by this book, leaving it open to anything. VM suggests that children always deserve, and must be treated as, a desired product of love (a topic unto itself) even if that was not the case at their conception &/or birth. Children are born free of, and must never carry any responsibility for the actions of people other than themselves.
The illustrations, by Elizabeth Sayles, are unnecessarily misty as if the values portrayed are somehow not of this world.
This book might be a decent gift, but it seems to be written more for a grandparent’s sentimentality, than for the grandchildren or parents. (This same misdirection can be seen in “I Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch)