The most wonderful book for anyone who is expecting a child, or already has one . . . Just as she captured a rainbow of emotions in Happy and the stages of friendship in Friends , Mies van Hout has now turned her talents to the special bond between parent and child. From hoping and expecting to caring, from playing to finally letting go, Mies van Hout has created a picture book that will eli cit smiles from every parent or parent - to - be. The book has everything: enchantment, beautiful wonder and a gentle subtext of melancholy. It is the beauty of living created in the inimitable style of Mies van Hout: vulnerable and yet strong as life itself.