English 2 Honors
28 December 2012
Have you ever heard of the book Where The Wild things are by Maurice Sendak? This book is very popular among children and adults. While I was researching and investigating Maurice Sendak, I found a lot of interesting facts about his life and accomplishments. Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York and died on May 8, 2012 (About). His Jewish family came to the United States from Poland and lost many members of their extended family due to the Holocaust. Maurice was a sickly child and had to spend a lot of time indoors. He spent a lot of time reading, drawing, and letting his imagination run free (goodreads). Maurice learned to love stories as a young child when his father told him embellished versions of Bible stories. At the age of twelve, Maurice became very inspired by the animated world of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia.” He was fascinated with Disney, particularly Mickey Mouse and the film Fantasia, which he saw when he was twelve and had a lasting effect on him. In 1948 he worked at FAO Schwartz as a window dresser while he took night classes at the New York Arts Students League.
Maurice started working as an illustrator when he was still in high school. He illustrated his first children’s book in 1951 at the age of 23 (pbs). Within 11 years Maurice had written and illustrated seven books and illustrated 43 others. In 1964, at the age of 36, Maurice Sendak won the Caldecott award for his most famous book Where the Wild Things Are. Maurice described in an interview that he got the idea for this book from an experience he had as a child when he was sent to his room while his parents were having a party. The “Wild Things” were actually modeled after some of the adults that were at that party (About). Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are. The book 's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents
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