The Life of a Book
Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak, was one of my favorite books as a child. Not only did I love the story, but I found the illustrations to be magical.
Libraries are not only a great place for the newest books, but they also provide an opportunity for us to experience and discover classics, such as this.
In 1964, Where the Wild Things Are, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This award is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.
Sadly, not everyone understood the beauty of this book. In a March, 1969 column for Ladies’ Home Journal, child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim called the book psychologically damaging for 3- and 4-year-olds. He thought the idea that a mother would deprive a child of food was an inappropriate form of punishment, and that it would traumatize young readers. Thus, it was banned heavily in the American South, and by libraries nationwide in the first years of its release. - Christian Science Monitor.
The life of, Where the Wild Things Are, continues each time we read it. Although, Maurice Sendak is no longer with us; this is a book that continues to touch the souls of children, and is beloved by many adults. This week, I share this children's literary classics in my storytime, and the children loved it.
A Grand Award
- In 1964, it won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year.
A Visit To The Stage
- Sendak created a stage version of "Where the Wild Things Are" in 1979 and designed opera and ballet sets for such groups as Houston Grand Opera and the New York City Opera.
A Date With Sound
Where the Wild Things Are. Narrated by Peter Schickele. New York: Scholastic Inc. Cassette tape. 1989.
Where the Wild Things Are. Ballet. New York: CRI. Compact disc. 2000.
A Visit To The Screen
- The Maurice Sendak library [videorecording] / Weston Woods Studios, Inc 2001
- Where the Wild Things Are / [videorecording] Warner Bros. 2009
In the News and Additional Resources
"Where the Wild Things Are." American Decades Primary Sources. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 29-32. Biography In Context. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.
"WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE BOOK SEQUEL PLAN SHOT DOWN BY PUBLISHERS." World Entertainment News Network 5 July 2013. Biography In Context. Web. 26 Sept. 2013.
Kahn, Eve M. "For Fans of Sendak, the Artist Keeps Giving." New York Times 2 Aug. 2013