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Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately, he was a sickly boy which left him with the opportunity to read. He has always liked adventure stories, and still has his first book which his sister gave him. He now lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut. While he worked at F. A. O. Schwarz, he met Ursula Nordstrom. She encouraged him to become a writer/illustrator. In the beginning of his career, Mr. Sendak wrote two books and made enough to support himself. In 1960 he wrote The Sign on Rosie's Door about his neighbor, Rosie. One of the most interesting facts about Mr. Sendak is that the Wild Things from his book, Where the Wild Things Are, are based on his aunts and uncles. In fact, this book won a Caldecott Medal. Throughout Mr. Sendak's books there is an image of the moon, which is his mom peeking at him to make sure he is fine. Cross-hatching with pen and ink can be found in all of Mr. Sendak's illustrations. He also includes an element of fantasy throughout the books. Some of the books where I found these style elements include Where the Wild Things Are, Really Rosie, Chicken Soup with Rice, Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water, and Pierre. Maurice Sendak is a fabulous author/illustrator. I admire his work and can understand why he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. This book is a staple of children's literature.Sources: Gregory, Carol, and Inez Ramsey. “Maurice Sendak.”, 2011. Kovacs, Deborah, and James Preller. Meet the Authors and Illustrators: 60 Creators of Favorite Children’s Books Talk About Their Work. Volume Two. New York: Scholastic, 1993. Woods, Mae. Maurice Sendak. Edina, MN: Checkerboard Press, 2001.


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