With over 42 million books in print, Hans Wilhelm is one of America's most popular author/illustrators of children's books, including I'll Always Love You for Random House Children's Books. Many of his 200 books have been translated into 20 languages and have become successful animated television series that are enjoyed by children all over the world. His books have won numerous international awards and prizes. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mazza Museum of Art at University of Findlay, Ohio (the world's first and largest teaching museum devoted to literacy and the art of children's picture books), the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut, the Kerlan Collection at University of Minnesota, and the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.Hans was born in Bremen, Germany. He lived for many years in Africa before moving to America. He now lives in Weston, Connecticut, in an old farmhouse with his artist wife, Judy Henderson.
PreS-Gr 2 In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. When she is young, Elfie is full of pep and pranks; but as her master grows taller and taller, Elfie grows fatter and slower. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her, and the boy refuses a new puppy. He is not yet ready for another pet; but when he is, he will tell that one, as he told Elsie every night, ``I'll always love you.'' The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood and cozily rounded in form, suit the simple text perfectly. Elsie's gradual change from a lively mischief-maker to a portly old dog is treated with a sweet humor. Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Atheneum, 1971) and Cohen's Jim's Dog Muffins (Greenwillow, 1984) also treat the loss of a beloved pet with great understanding, but anyone who has or ever had an old dog in the family will be especially touched by this book. Pat Pearl, First Presbyterian Church Library, Martinsville, Va.