Remembrance: Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak passed away today at the age of 83.

Best known for “Where the Wild Things Are,” Sendak illustrated his own stories and others, including the Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik. His own tales combined dreamscape images with familiar comforts–be they chicken soup with rice or hot suppers left by your mother.

I think the best goodbye I can put is using his own fitting words about coming home.

Rest in Peace, Sir.

But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go–

we’ll eat you up–we love you so!”

And Max said, “No!”

The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth

and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws

but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye

and sailed back over a year

and in and out of weeks

and through a day

and into the night of his very own room

where he found his supper waiting for him

and it was still hot.

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