Maurice Sendak

            The children’s book world heaved a sad sigh on Tuesday, May 8, with the death of superhero, Maurice Sendak.  To all the good things written about Where the Wild Things Are, I add that the book said so much about conflict resolution.  Back in the 90s a friend and I put together an annotated bibliography of books about war, peace, and conflict resolution.  Wild Things was right there.  And then there’s Little Bear.  How many children cut their teeth, learning to read on that classic.  And Sendak wasn’t a sentimental writer, anything but the stereotype of a children’s author, who many think write in finger paint or peanut butter and jelly.  Maurice Sendak was a “vetch,” according to an NPR account, someone who wrote and illustrated In the Night Kitchen with little penises in full view.  Mr. Sendak dies, but his books—how they live!

About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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