Maurice Sendak


Introduce students to Maurice Sendak, the author of children's favorites like Where the Wild Things Are. This biography uses simple text structures and clear images to help readers learn about this amazing writer.

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Introduce students to Maurice Sendak, the author of children's favorites like Where the Wild Things Are. This biography uses simple text structures and clear images to help readers learn about this amazing writer.

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Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
The highly acclaimed children's author and artist, Maurice Sendak, has opened up a world of exciting images for children everywhere. Large and bold type, and photographs attempt to capture part of his fame and creative output but, alas, this objective is not fully met in this thin biography. The book's journalistic style offers only capsule facts to describe Sendak. The reader learns very little about his life or the creative springs from which both his drawings and stories emerged. Each of the book's photos are supposed to illuminate a question concerning Sendak's life and work. Children may recognize some illustrations from Sendak's stories; yet will have a harder time acquiring detailed information about the author himself. Guillain appears to be in a hurry to present flashbulb facts without adequately appealing to a young reader's curiosity about how Sendak was able to take such leaps into the minds of children. Two sentences per page barely reveal his unique style of wit, wisdom, and creativity. At the end of the book readers will find an index, glossary, and timeline of Sendak's life and work. A final "Find Out More" page lists a few other biographies which may help readers understand one of America's most imaginative children's writers. The book is one of four from the "American Authors: Read and Learn" series of biographies. The overall impression of this book is one of scattered ideas within an abbreviated format, where even the illustrative material does not always match the information on the pages. The cover photo of the author offers a somewhat grim and foreboding older man who may deter a prospective young reader from even opening the text. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432959678
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Author Biographies Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Who Is Maurice Sendak? 4

Where Did He Grow Up? 6

What Did He Do Before He Was a Writer? 8

How Did He Start Writing Books? 10

What Books Has He Written? 12

What Does He Write About? 14

How Does Maurice Sendak Draw His Pictures? 16

What Else Does He Like to Do? 18

Why Is He Famous Today? 20

Timeline of Maurice Sendak's Life and Work 22

Glossary 23

Find Out More 24

Index 24

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