Yesterday Maria Popova, in her wonderful blog, "Brain Pickings," had a quote from Václav Havel, the Czech playwright turned president, about hope: "The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul; it’s not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons."
One of the reasons we love children's book is that those authors and illustrators tend strongly to make it their mission to convey the feeling of wonder and appreciation of the world that allows us to create the vocabulary and imagery we need as humans to anchor to our lives that "orientation of the spirit" that Havel speaks of.