Do you remember The Velveteen Rabbit? I hope you had a copy as well loved and worn out as mine. Or maybe you had that one perfect lovey? (Mine was named Sunshine, and still lives in my home!) I think this sentiment at the heart of the story is absolutely beautiful. These words are at once charming and also deeply comforting, right? I love the idea that being loved carves out who we are and lasts forever and ever.
And I have fallen in love with this illustration by Emily McDowell. How sweet is his skinny ear flopping through the letter O? If you adore this one as much as I do, you can purchase it here in her shop.