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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sendak On Death (And Life)

                         

13 comments:

Ms. said...

I've seen this one and it's so good to see it posted here. There have been at least thirteen posts, almost all quite wonderful by bloggers I follow..one stupid. I'm sure youv\'ve seen my post too. I managed to find the whole animation of "the night kitchen, and have now watched it straight through at least four times since posting it because I just adore it. A friend in Massachusetts named his wonderful cafe after it because it was his favorite. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. I just loved the very human being.

Ms. said...

So--I couldn't help myself--I watched it again and I so love him. How I wish I'd met him. Well, I'm just grateful I've known some of the work and passed it along to others. I think I'll add this in to my post because I want to keep track of it. You picked the most beautiful moment of the whole documentary and I need to pass it along to folks who didn't ever get to know much more than the books. Thanks kiddo. Thanks from my childhood heart and my adult brain. Just keep doing your work and telling the truth!

jenclair said...

Thank you, Nancy, for posting this. Wonderful.

woman with wings said...

Wow.

xo

woman with wings said...

Nancy, and I meant wow in the speechless, mindstruck way. Not the sarcastic way. Thanks for posting it. (I'm not speechless anymore, I guess!)

Janet said...

This was so interesting. I loved his books as a kid - you could say anything, do anything, be anything. It was an adventure. Thanks!

deanna7trees said...

i like where he asks "why is my needle stuck in childhood"...i think (me) it is because you can tell children anything and everything, as long as it is the truth (as he says) and they will listen and learn. it is what i loved about teaching.
thanks for the post.

Nancy said...

Michelle~ I know, I could watch these over and over. My mother and I had long talks about him :)
I love your post, so thoughtful. In The Night Kitchen was a favorite of mine to. SO fun to chant: "Milk in the batter, milk in the batter..."
And you are so right...he spoke to the adult & child in us and then settled in our hearts. Thank you for the kind words and lovely comment.

Jenclair~ You're welcome :)

Peggy~ I knew that's what you meant!! :) Wow is right!

Janet~ Yes, that permission granted captured us all, didn't it?!

Deanna~ I noticed that question too and asked it of myself. There is a special magic in teaching, isn't there?!!

handstories said...

he was so swell. this is a great interview. i love his common sense about so much. my favorite Maurice Sendak antidote is when a mom was asking him what to do….”my child is terrified of your book, he won’t let me read it to him, what do i do?!?” Maurice said, “don’t read it to him.” i have so many memories of his books- w/my boys, at school, as a bookseller. he did good.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

thank you...~....

Nancy said...

Cindy~ Ha! Great story of his :)
He did Real good. Last night on a cartoon network station, before commercials started running the screen went black and then came up with his name and birth/death dates. Silent. For 30-60 seconds...just that. I felt surprised and warmed at the gesture.

Grace~ yes. you're welcome.

Doris said...

Nancy, thank you for charing this. It is so touching ...

Nancy said...

Doris~ You're welcome, I'm happy to share :)