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Maurice Sendak

posted May 9, 2012, 5:52 AM by Christine Brower-Cohen   [ updated May 9, 2012, 5:52 AM by rcase@wbschools.org ]
May 9, 2012
 
Prolific children's author, Maurice Sendak died yesterday.  He is best known for Where the Wild Things Are, a picture book which has never been out of print since its publication in 1963.  As I wrote on the 6th grade eboard, the predecessor to this blog, I use that book with my students to model endings, as I think Mr. Sendak crafted perhaps the most comforting last line of a children's book, ever.  How comforting is it to think that after all his wild adventures, when Max wants to be where he is loved best of all, he "sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him  (page turn) and it was still hot."  
Here is an excerpt from what I previously wrote on the eboard:
                With the movie release this month, you might also consider revisiting the classic, Where the Wild Things Are.  In what some consider the quintessential picture book, Maurice Sendak gives us the story of Max, a child facing real childhood emotions of anger and feelings of powerlessness.  After being sent to his room, (feeling angry and powerless), Max imagines a journey to where the wild  things are, where he is made King (feeling empowered).  After the rumpus though, Max longs to return home where his dinner is waiting.
 
Happy re-reading,
Christine
ccohen(at)wbschools(dot)org
 
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