About a year ago, I picked up a copy of I Wish You More in a Barnes & Noble. Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, the book is so simple, yet sweetly profound. With passages like “I wish you more ups than downs” and “I with you more treasures than pockets,” I fell in love with the poetry of the book.
In sharing the book with my third graders, I discovered that it became a favorite for them, too. At the end of the school year last June, my students wrote and illustrated their own wishes for each other. Amy’s poetry inspired them to write beautiful lines, like “I wish you more yays than nays” and “I wish you more togethers than by yourselfs.”
Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away from ovarian cancer on Monday at age 51. She is someone who did so much good in this world in the far too little time she was given. She lived her life deliberately and encouraged so many others to do the same. She saw the joy in every moment and shared those moments with the world. Today, I’m celebrating her life by trying to embrace her words: “I wish you more pause than fast forward.”
For more on Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s remarkable life, I recommend the following, along with some tissues and a hug from someone you love:
- “The Story of I Wish You More, as told by Tom Lichtenheld” on Nerdy Book Club
- “Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Children’s Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51” in the New York Times
- “Author John Green: Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a huge influence” in the Chicago Sun Times
- “The Wisdom Project,” a video by Amy Krouse Rosenthal