Saturday, May 12, 2012
So many have written so eloquently about Maurice Sendak this week. One thing that is clear in all that I have read is that whether or not one knew him personally we all had a personal connection to him. His books spoke directly to us as children and continue to strike something deep in our the core of our beings.
While there can be little doubt that "Where The Wild Things Are" is THE seminal picture book, my favorite was and always will be the Nutshell Library. It came out just when my little hands needed some books of their own to hold. Of all of the books in our house, these were mine and I knew them by heart before I could read. I always felt a strong kinship with Johnny who lived by himself and liked it like that. I loved that Pierre didn't care when he poured syrup in his hair and I still can't eat chicken soup with rice without picturing myself on a crocodile paddling down the soupy Nile. When a character of mine recently decided to be an alligator, I looked to "Alligators All Around" for reassurance.