Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I Heart Maurice Sendak

"Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way 
we no longer remember how to do."

Our youngest son has grown up on pancakes, broccoli, ring pops, and Maurice Sendak. John-John learned months of the year from this book, count to ten with this book. Truth be told, I grew, too. Maurice makes the wild things okay for all of us. He's a gift to humanity - possibly more to us moms than we care to admit. I especially loved his interview in the back of this book.

"With our dogs we wear no masks."

As a parent, I believe we wear no masks with our children. They see us clearly, and as Maurice loves to say, "Parents don't protect their children. Children protect their parents." There is an unspoken language in his art that is communicated by the heart, and it is truer than words. 

I'm thankful for the library - they share almost every one of his books with us. I hope you'll share Maurice with your children today, and then come back and share with us your favorite. 

My fave: Pierre.

xoxo Michele


Karen L R said...

He lives in our town (!), but he's very reclusive.
A genius, too.

I am LOVD said...

Such a genius of our time. I think adults that can communicate so well with children are just simply magical.

Michele said...

Karen and Lilly, I agree wholeheartedly. I've read so many interviews with him and find his reclusive genius riveting, not sure why...but I'm such a fan.

He reminds me of CS Lewis and E. Nesbit in his ability to write and create art that children and adults are drawn to equally. Plus I love that he adores German Shepherds - we love ours as well. Maybe our next GSD will be "Maurice"?? :)

xoxo michele

Anonymous said...

Pierre is definitely one of my favorites too. I love him. And I'm so glad you left me a comment so I could find your blog. I think I'm going to spending a great deal of time here.

Michele said...

The feeling is mutual, Kate! Thank you.