My favorite book from childhood is “Summer Lake” though I have it in Polish. There’s a dead fish on the cover, but other than that, the book really is lovely.
Or at least I think this was my favorite when I was a child. Maybe I had another book that I loved more, but I forgot about it?
Anyway, this book is wonderful, it has everything a good children’s book needs: beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, lots of details, nearly no text so you can invent your own stories, little animals, tiny yellow ducklings.
The drawing that I like most is on the last page. Do you see the fish net full of flowers? It’s magical.
It’s been out of print for years, but you might still find it.
I’ve been browsing children’s books lately because my brother and I will be drawing our own book this Christmas when we meet at our mom’s house. The previous Christmases we made games.