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From the team that brought us A Hole Is To Dig, here's another romp through the wild and wonderful imagination of children.

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Overview

From the team that brought us A Hole Is To Dig, here's another romp through the wild and wonderful imagination of children.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If you are an adult reading this book for the first time, close your eyes. Have someone read it aloud to you. Listen to words and rhythms you will remember from childhood. Funny ones. Thoughtful ones. Goofy ones. Kind ones. It's as if the author re-entered her own childhood to capture the cadences of language and thought that typify young children. "I think I'll grow up to be a steam shovel." "(L)ove is you give them a leg off your gingerbread man." If you didn't say those exact phrases as a child yourself, you no doubt said something similar. Now open your eyes. Take a look at the tiny, enchanting illustrations accompanying the text. Whimsical line drawings cover the page at will. Tiny children dance in the corner of the page; a horse hangs by his tail from a tree; two little boys leap gleefully off Earth into space. The drawings' joy and abandon match the lack of self-consciousness of the text. Published nearly half a century ago, this book proves that in many ways, small children haven't changed a bit. Thank heavens for little girls—and boys—and those who document their ways so well. 2001 (orig. 1954), HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Stephanie Farrow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060284596
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Sendak Reissues Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 249,948
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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Read an Excerpt

I love the sun
I love a house
I love a river
and a hill where I watch
and a song I heard
and a dream I made

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