Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids

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This sturdily bound paperback contains the script of the TV special Really Rosie, the text of [the four Nutshell Library volumes], and music arranged for easy piano and guitar chords for the seven Carole King songs from [the program].A delight for TV fans of all ages.' 'Language Arts.
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Overview

This sturdily bound paperback contains the script of the TV special Really Rosie, the text of [the four Nutshell Library volumes], and music arranged for easy piano and guitar chords for the seven Carole King songs from [the program].A delight for TV fans of all ages.' 'Language Arts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064431385
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 604,247
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.56 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Sendak

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.

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.

Biography

"I never wrote a book where I taught a lesson," Maurice Sendak once bragged in an interview. Fans of his lyrical, lushly illustrated picture books know Sendak has a far more important mission. Rather than instructing his young readers in proper manners, the man who's been called "the Picasso of children's books" has been a vital, expressive voice for children's feelings.

Sendak first honed his art as an illustrator for writers like Ruth Krauss and Else Holmelund Minarek. He explored different styles of drawing and painting, influenced by sources as diverse as William Blake, Randolph Caldecott and Walt Disney.

In the '50s and early '60s, Sendak began to write his own books, and to forge his own distinctive visual style. The most popular of the works produced in what he later called his "apprenticeship period" was The Nutshell Library, a collection of four tiny books (2 1/2 by 4 inches wide) that was instantly and enduringly popular.

His first mature work, Where the Wild Things Are (1963), was a watershed both in Sendak's career and the history of children's literature. It tells the story of a boy named Max, whose mother sends him to his room without supper, calling him a "wild thing." Max makes an imaginary journey to a land of monsters, where he's crowned King of All Wild Things. But his longing for comfort and security return him at last to his room, where he finds his supper waiting for him. Some adults were dismayed by the book's ferocious-looking monsters and its belligerent young hero. "It is not a book to be left where a sensitive child may come upon it at twilight," one librarian cautioned.

Despite the warnings, Where the Wild Things Are was a huge commercial success, and was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964. In his acceptance speech, Sendak seemed to address his critics when he said that despite adults' desires to protect children from "painful experiences," the fact is "that from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, that fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, that they continually cope with frustration as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things."

In the following years, Sendak illustrated dozens of books, and wrote and illustrated several more of his own, including In the Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981), which he considered to be the second and third parts of a trilogy that began with Where the Wild Things Are. A lover of theatre, he has also designed and produced numerous operas, plays and ballets.

Though his work has sometimes been controversial, Sendak is now renowned for his ability to recall, depict and transform the painful realities of childhood into what John Gardner, reviewing one of Sendak's books, called "not an ordinary children's book done extraordinarily well, but something different in kind from an ordinary children's book: a profound work of art for children."

Good To Know

In 1948, Maurice Sendak and his brother Jack took six model toys to the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz, which they hoped would commission a set. The store turned down the toys, but offered Maurice a job as a window display designer, which he took.

Sendak wrote Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life, in tribute to his beloved dog. The book's protagonist, like Sendak's pet, is a Sealyham terrier named Jennie. Years later, Sendak got a German shepherd, who already had a name when he adopted it. The dog was named Max, just like Sendak's most famous character.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maurice Bernard Sendak (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Ridgefield, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 10, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      Art Students' League

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Still Love After 25 Years!

    I remember having this (and other Maurice Sendak) tapes as a young child. I actually could still sing 'I'm Really Rosie' in my head! I recently purchased this and some other tapes for a friend's child and she now loves them too. Definately recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Looking for movie of Really Rosie

    I just bought the CD of Really Rosie, which I heard when I was a little girl. I finally can share it with my little one. If anyone knows where I can find a DVD version of the TV special. I would really like to send these off as XMAS gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    the besstess movie i can still remember after all this time

    i remember being a young 80's child and renting the movie from our public library and we used to rent it every weekend, i still know the movie by heart and i havent seen it since the 80's, i wondered is it still around anywhere, cause im looking for it ---SHAUNY--from CLEVELAND---

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    I Love This Story

    Really Rosie is a wonderful story, and should be shared with children everywhere! It is a wonderful book and show, (I've been in it twice!) I would recomend this book to EVERYONE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    From the first time I heard it in 1976, till now, I still love it!

    When I started my family, I always wanted to share with my children the fondest memory from school, and I could think of my favorite listening center album, 'Really Rosie' I would sing 'Piere' to them @ nite before bed and I used 'alligators all around & One was Johnny to teach them the alphabet & to count.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000

    Another Rosie

    This is indeed a great book..I played Rosie in my 4th grade play ( in 1981) and have now purchased the book and audio for my son ..he is only a month old, but I can't wait to share the music with him. Hello to all the other Rosie's Kimn - Boston, MA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    What a great book!!!!!!

    This book is great for all ages! I loved it (espically since I played Rosie in a local play!) you should deffinitly buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    5 stars from me !

    it was great !! especially since i played the lead role Rosie. it was such a great play and it is sure a great book ! read it !!!

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