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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
RIP Mr. Sendak
Maurice Sendak has died. Most folks will recall him for his book Where the Wild Things Are. It's a wonderful book with a naughty protagonist, Max. It was rather revolutionary in that it was descriptive of the inner life of a child rather than prescriptive in how the child should behave. Sendak respected his audience enough to let them be who they were.
Among my favorite Maurice Sendak works are the illustrations to Elsie Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear series of books. I had such fond memories of those books as a child that when I became a mother I sought them out for my own children. I loved how Little Bear's own imaginary life was depicted and validated.
Mr. Sendak, thank you for giving children credit for greater sophistication than many grown-ups conceive and for both sparking and celebrating imagination for generations. You live on in your wonderful books and illustrations. And now, let the wild rumpus start!