Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Thirteen 248: Maurice Sendak

On Tuesday, the world said goodbye to a beloved childrens author. Maurice Sendak suffered a stroke last Friday and died early Tuesday morning, at age 83. He was both an author and illustrator, and was also a costumer designer for both opera and ballet. Here are thirteen books he either wrote or illustrated.


1. Where the Wild Things Are (1963) - Probably his most known book, which he both wrote and illustrated. It won the Caldecott Medal in 1964 and was made into a move in 2009.

2. Chicken Soup with Rice (A Book of Months) (1962)

3. Alligators All Around (An Alphabet) (1962)

4. Very Far Away (1957)  - The second book Sendak wrote and illustrated.

5. In the Night Kitchen (1970)

6. Seven Little Monsters (1977)

7. Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (1967)

8. Outside Over There (1981)


9. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (by Betty MacDonald) (1954)

10. Little Bear (by Else Holmelund Minarik) (1957)

11. The Moon Jumpers (by Janice May Udry) (1959)

12. A Kiss for Little Bear  (1968)

13. The Happy Rain (by Jack Sendak) (2004)


Alice Audrey said...

When my kids were little, we watched the TV version of Little Bear all the time. It had a sweet, gentle feel to it.

Paige Tyler said...

Love his books!


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I am Harriet said...

I can't even tell you how many times I've read some of those to my kids when they were young.

Have a great Thursday!

colleen said...

I have enjoyed so many of his books and have read them to lots of special little people.

Caravan Trading Group said...

Sendak's work, controversial though it may be (Where the Wild Things Are has been banned multiple times since its first publication), will continue to resonate with kids. The world of children's literature will never be the same without him.

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Heather said...

Alice: I didn't even know there was a TV version of Little Bear until quite recently. Used to love that series of books, though.

Paige: There is so much to love in his work, both his words and his artwork.

Heather said...

Harriet: I remember reading a number of these when little too. I knew he illustrated Little Bear, but had no idea about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle until I was doing this post.

Colleen: Sendak had a wonderful gift for storytelling, didn't he?

Heather said...

Caravan: I can't help wondering what is wrong with some adults when I hear of particular books being banned. If you don't want to read it, don't. But don't tell me I can't; odds are it will only make me want to read a controversial work more.

Brenda ND said...

The world will be a less magical without Maurice Sendak.

Shelley Munro said...

The name isn't familiar to me, although the Wild Things title is.

CountryDew said...

I did not read his work as a child, but I was introduced to it in a children's lit class and loved it. Thanks for sharing this.

The Gal Herself said...

I was a passionate Little Bear fan when I was a kid. He really enriched my childhood, and I'd had no idea until just now! Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Brenda: Indeed it will!

Shelley: I think Where the Wild Things Are is the one title of his that is known the world round, even if one is not familiar with the author's name.

Heather said...

Anita: I remember reading a couple of his books, as well as the Little Bear ones he illustrated, and have been reintroduced over the years through nieces and newphews.

Galherself: Me too! I loved the Little Bear books and still do. :)