Remembering Maurice Sendak…

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About an hour after hearing that Maurice Sendak died today, I saw a student carrying a Wild Thing around the library. It was touching and a little sad, but also a reminder that the Wild Things and the Night Kitchen and the little boy enjoying his Chicken Soup with Rice will always be a part of children’s lives.

A wonderful quote from Maurice Sendak…

Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” 

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