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Saying goodbye to Maurice Sendak [video]

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Maurice Sendak, award-winning author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” has begun his next journey “…through night and day, and in and out of weeks, and almost over a year to where the wild things are…” at the age of eighty-three due to complications of a stroke.

Though his artistic abilities could also be seen on the stages of operas and ballets, as well as in the works of other authors, and he had famously said there is no difference between books written for adults and those of children, he did have these comments to make on his life’s work the Associated Press in 2003:

“I write books as an old man, but in this country you have to be categorized, and I guess a little boy swimming in the nude in a bowl of milk (as in `In the Night Kitchen’) can’t be called an adult book,”

“So I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that’s OK with me. They are a better audience and tougher critics. Kids tell you what they think, not what they think they should think.”

The world has lost a truly unique individual whose work will fortunately live on to entertain children and adults alike for generations to come.

Full story at NY Times via Huffington Post.

A legend of children’s literature.

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