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A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Caldecott Medal Dr. Suess Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are Winnie the Pooh

Where the Wild Things Are

If you had to pick a favorite classic children’s book, what would you pick? You might choose a Dr. Seuss story or a Pooh adventure. But I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Did you choose that one? Even if you didn’t, I’m sure it’s high on your list.

The book was originally published in 1963 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. In some ways, Max (the boy in the book) is similar to our little Philip. They both imagine things very differently as they are, but both come to realize the importance of family in the end. This makes me wonder if all young human boys have such active imaginations.

In Cloud Forest bears don’t really need to imagine. We have the whole Forest to explore! Young humans normally can’t explore that much, which would explain why they have to imagine places in their minds.

Do you like to use your imagination or are you more of an explorer? Let me know in the comments below.

Your friend,
S.Bear



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