"We do not love people because they are beautiful, but they seem beautiful to us because we love them."- an old Russian proverb
Since Mother's Day is coming up, I wanted to share with you one of our favorite books about mothers. My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World will warm the heart of anyone who reads it. It's a Russian folktale retold by Becky Reyher with pictures by Ruth Gannett.
Many years ago at harvest time in Russia, a little girl named Varya finds herself lost and separated from her parents. All she can do is fret and ask all the peasants she meets if they have seen her mother. When asked who her mother is, all Varya can sob out is, "My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world!" - to which a farmer replies, "Now we have something to go on!"
The illustrations are beautiful and capture the Russian farmers and their families as they must have looked years ago. The proverb is true, as the book shows us. It's true in my life, too. Here is a picture of my mother in 1952. She's even more beautiful today.