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Maurice Sendak
     

Maurice Sendak

by Charlotte Guillain
 

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432959678
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Author Biographies Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,384,355
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Guillain worked as a bookseller, an English teacher and an editor before becoming an author. She has written more than 100 books, both fiction and non-fiction. She always wanted to be a writer and her top tip is to read as much as you can.

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