But sometimes one breath is enough.
Of all the art in the world, I happen to think Picture Books are a particularly special shot of life. The good ones pull you in from the first concisely written sentence all the way to the resolution of the singular conflict. Picture Book life is broken down into its smallest building blocks, its simplest situations. In a world steeped in complexity and overrun by overstimulating sources of input, Picture Books give us a chance to sit still and notice one single breath of life. Which, after all, is how life comes... one breath at a time.
In case you want to read why other people think picture books were a good thing for the world, toddle on over to the official Picture Book Month website and read a month's worth of good breathing.