Goodbye Maurice Sendak

But the wild things cried, “Oh Please don’t go- we’ll eat you up- we love you so!”

And Max said, “No!” The wild things roared their terrible roars

and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes

and showed their terrible claws

but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye…

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

I was very sad when I heard the news today that author- illustrator Maurice Sendak has passed away at the age of 83.  Sendak was the award winning author of Where the Wild Things Are, Outside Over There, Pierre, In The Night Kitchen and many, many others as well as a prolific illustrator for authors such as Else Holmelund  Minarik ( Little Bear)and  Ruth Krauss ( Bears) among many others.  All over the world many touching tributes have been written.  You can check out this link to the New Your Times  or this NPR link to a very moving interview.

I loved many books as a child but none as much as Where the Wild Things Are.  I imagined as a child when sitting in my room after “making mischief of one kind or another” that like Max a forest might grow in my room. Perhaps someday I might even sail way in my own private boat.  That I too might tame the wild things with a magic trick and become king (or Queen) of the wild things.  It is one book that I never tire of reading or sharing.   I imagined and hoped that after the wild rumpus, I too could return to where someone loved me best of all, and my dinner would be waiting still warm.  The New York Times quoted a letter a child had written to Maurice Sendak after reading Where the Wild Things Are “Dear Mr. Sendak,” the letter from an 8-year-old boy read.  “How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

We will miss you Maurice Sendak.   Let the wild rumpus in the sky start.

-Miss Chris

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