I too have good memories of reading Maurice Sendak, mostly to my daughters. The ons I recall reading most often was Chicken Soup and Rice (at once time I could recite it); the pictures I remember best are from Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Caroline and Yvette seems to remember the songs and story of Really Rosie best. I recall the marvelous ironic line: "my mother says we were not put here to enjoy ourselves." (My mother said something very like this to me when I was a child.) Pierre's parents couldn't take him anywhere: he was so stubborn, disobedient. It's made a joke of.
How wonderful were the pictures, how beautifully releasing:
They never hurt anyone, but celebrated ordinary life. the world was a vast house. The tone nowadays reminds me of Randall Jarrell (his Bat-Poet), only filled with humor and hope.
Many obituaries yesterday. this from Al-Jazeera tells you about his life, how his art was rooted in his Polish-Jewish culture, his memories of the holocaust, his, relatives and friend, and how he died I did not know he was a homosexual man nor how progressive were his politics:. On helping children survive childhood is here
A good book: Angels and Wild Things: the Archetypal Poetrics of Maurice Sendak by John Cech. An essay: "Fun and Games and Dark Imaginings" by John Gardner in the Children's Literature Review, Vol 17, 1989 (New York Times, 1981 p 49) . He envisioned a Jewish childhood (Jill P. May, "Envisioning the Jewish Community," The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 33/34 (Autumn, 2000 - Winter, 2001):137-151.