Bach’s melodies — to me the most beautiful melodies in music — emerge from a tightly constructed foundation. Some people find them cold because of their perfection. But all fine works of music, dance, painting and literature are born not from vague inspiration but — as I see it in my mind’s eye — from a design as clean and spare as a house frame of New Hampshire birch. Children’s picture books are a short literary form like the sonnet. The soundness of their structure is therefore crucial — more important than in longer and more leisurely forms of writing.
Children’s author Rosemary Wells
The Well-Tempered Children’s Book
Essay published in Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children
edited by William Zinsser
It is as true today as it ever was. He who seeks beauty shall find it.
Photographer Bill Cunningham