Should You Be a River

A Poem About Love


By Ed Young

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$20.00 CAD




Hardcover $18.00 $20.00 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2015. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

Should you be a river, I’ll race your rapids downstream.
Should you be a seed, I’ll dream you a vision of towering trees.

This personally inspired poem by an award-winning author and artist celebrates the trials and triumphs of unconditional love.

Using an innovative mix of cut paper, photographs, and calligraphy, Should You Be a River takes the reader on a breathtaking visual journey.

This book is a gift to treasure and share with loved ones of every age.

How many ways can you say “I love you”?


  • * "The heartfelt sentiments are unafraid to address real anguish and pain, and those who understand Young's loss or who have known what it is to love unreservedly will be drawn to his testament."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "Young's offering will touch a wide range of readers, with both parents and children taking something special away."
    Booklist, starred review
  • "This book is a true work of the heart."
    School Library Connection
  • "The images are stunning...[and] some of the pages unfold in unique ways to support the narrative."
    School Library Journal
  • "Mystifying and ultimately uplifting, this book challenges all of us to seek out the dizzying scope of love."
    Kirkus Reviews

On Sale
Apr 14, 2015
Page Count
40 pages

Author photo of Ed Young

Ed Young

About the Author

Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Lon Po Po, and the New York Times bestseller Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, and Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta. He has also written and illustrated The House Baba Built, which recounts his childhood in Shanghai. Born in China, Ed moved to the United States as a young man and pursued his love of art. He currently lives in New York.

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