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Remembering Maurice Sendak

In Books, Wit on 9 May 2012 at 3:34 am

Extra! for Kids just say the darnedest things!

“How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

– an 8 year old child who wrote a letter to Maruce Sendak, quoted in today’s New York Times.

Amma remembers Maurice Sendak Maurice Sendak came to the Boston Public Library to read from We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy and I had the pleasure of hearing him talk about some of his conversations with young people.  One was a terminally ill child whom he visited in the hospital. He told us that during his visit, the young boy was stroking the arm of his mother, as if to comfort her.

I can’t help thinking that his understanding presence helped to make this poignant moment possible. There are so very few writers today who respect the experiences and insights of children.

 

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