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In Memoriam: Maurice Sendak May 9, 2012

Posted by ccbooks in Analysis.

I’m still trying to process the news that Maurice Sendak, a giant of children’s literature, passed away today. What is a world without Maurice Sendak? He created so many icons of childhood and children’s literature, from the Wild Things to Pierre, whose attitude I still see in my students on many days. His character Rosie, from The Sign on Rosie’s Door is one that I regard as an alter ego. I will try to write a better appreciation when I’m feeling more coherent; in the meantime, some words from the rest of the world:

Appreciation from School Library Journal here.

Obituary from the New York Times here.

Appreciation from the New York Times here.

The absolutely marvelous interview with Stephen Colbert from earlier this year, here and here.


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