HELP US HELP OTHERS — I Carry Your Heart with Me (Board Book edition) — e.e. cummings with illustrations by Mati Rose McDonough

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Rereleased as a board book, I Carry Your Heart With Me is a children's adaptation of the beloved e. e. cummings poem which tells the story of a mother carrying her child and then introducing her to the wonders of the world. It is beautifully illustrated by Mati McDonough. This book is definitely one of those inspirational gems that is suitable for all ages, from one to 100. 

In her first children's book, artist McDonough imagines the mother-child relationship as the centerpiece for the e.e. cummings poem about love. 

Showing the strong bond of love between mother and child, within nature and throughout life, cummings' heartfelt words expressed through McDonough's tender artistic interpretation of this familiar poem and lovely illustrations combine to create a fresh, yet classic, portrayal of love.

First published in 1952, I Carry Your Heart With Me has become a classic, beloved poem that is a timeless tribute to love and how it binds us all — mother, father, child — family:

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)


  • Condition: New 
  • Edition: Hardback - Published August 22, 2017
  • Publisher: Cameron Kids; Boardbook edition, USA
  • ISBN-13: 9781944903206
  • ISBN-10 1944903208
  • Pages: 24
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6" x .5"
  • Rating:★★★★ (See Contact Us /FAQs)
  • e. e. cummings (1894–1962) was among the most popular, influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets of the 20th century. His verses have inspired countless readers, and his total body of work includes nearly 3,000 poems. Cummings preferred his name be abbreviated in all lowercase letters. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys. Learn more him in "Enormous Smallness: A Story of e.e. cummings",
  • Mati Rose McDonough lives in San Francisco where she regularly encounters lucky elephants, talking birds, and a mysterious girl who always wears feathers in her hair. These creatures of mystery and grace remind her daily that no one is too old for magic or too young for beauty, so she paints their stories for fans of hope and adventure all over our dear world. McDonough studied painting at the California College of the Arts and has had many shows around the country. She has been featured in several magazines and books including Artful Blogging magazine and The Handmade Marketplace.


For the unconditional love of children, families and our fellow human beings. For respect, dignity, justice and freedom from fear, abuse and worse. For the humane, compassionate, truly caring values that I am so grateful were deeply instilled in me by my family, along with the strong belief that the greatest contribution we can make and the most we can do to give real, lasting meaning to our lives is to do something daily to help others now and to benefit generations in the future. 

I think author Nelson Henderson summed things up perfectly: "The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you will never sit."

Because we must. Because turning away is NOT an option. 

Why RAICES is So Needed and So Important

Thousands of children are living in detention in the United States. This year alone, nearly 45,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended on the Southwestern US border. Most of these children are fleeing violence and oppression and they are all seeking a better life in the United States.

Children seeking asylum in the United States are often traumatized either before or along their journeys, and all of them are justifiably, as children, ill-equipped to fight for their freedom and prolonged happiness in a system designed to thwart even adult asylum applicants.

As the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas, (where so many have been detained) RAICES attorneys and staff are uniquely suited to address the needs of unaccompanied children.

These kids don’t deserve to go to court alone. They deserve a chance to live a safe and successful life. Children with legal representation are 5 times more likely to win their case for asylum, making an immigration attorney the first and most important step in a child’s fight for asylum.

 How RAICES Helps

RAICES is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to undeserved immigrant children, families and refugees.

With legal services, social programs, bond assistance and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around migration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontline of the fight for immigration rights. RAICES defends the rights of immigrants and refugees, empower individuals, families and communities and advocate for liberty and justice.

RAICES Provides:

Crisis Management — Addressing family separating, mass release of detainees and other crises affecting the migrant population

Legal Services - Representing children and families throughout the legal process of immigration

Post-Release & Resettlement Support — Providing case management and resettlement assistance services to immigrants and refugees

Social Services — Connecting people recently released from detention with information, assistance and resources

Advocacy & Communications — Bringing an experienced perspective to the national conversation about immigration policy