Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

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Pierre's 'I don't care!' intrigues a hungry lion. 'A story with a moral air about Pierre, who learned to care.'

Author Biography: Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983 Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire ...

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Overview

Pierre's 'I don't care!' intrigues a hungry lion. 'A story with a moral air about Pierre, who learned to care.'

Author Biography: Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983 Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America.

"A story with a moral air about Pierre, who learned to care." Young Pierre, whose favorite line is "I don't care!" changes his mind after meeting a hungry lion. Three-color illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064432528
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 136,651
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 5.87 (h) x 0.13 (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 November 25, 2003

    ~A Great Book~

    This was a book that I was read when I was a child. Now I am reading it to my own daughter and she just can't get enough of it! I would recommend it to young readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    A timeless tale for young readers!

    My grandchildren were captivated by this book, as were my children when they read it years ago. A must have in your child's library!

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I read this book so many times when I was a kid. 30+ years late

    I read this book so many times when I was a kid. 30+ years later and I could probably still recite it word for word.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    I don't care!

    A Sendak classic, Pierre is a good tale to introduce to your toddler or preschooler - whenever you hear the response "I don't care!" Pierre didn't care about anything his parents told him - until that visit to the zoo when he was eaten by a lion! Fortunately, Pierre is saved and has learned his lesson - "I care!"

    My nearly-three-year-old grandson enjoyed the story - as did his father before him. Although he still sometimes say he doesn't care, the story serves as a gentle reminder that perhaps he should pay attention.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    My Preschool Class LOVES This Book!

    I teach preschool, and have been a big fan of Maurice Sendak for years. This book is one one the favorites every year. I give my class the role of Pierre, and they have to say, "I DON'T CARE!" on cue, throughout the story. They love it! The first reading is full of surprise as the events unfold, and even a bit of fear, but then the children ask for this book over and over again. It's a true classic, right next to Where The Wild Things Are, in our library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    This is so me!

    My parents use to read this book to me because I was just like Pierre. I never cared what about things. Now when I read this book I just laugh becuase I haven't changed much. This is a great book for children just because it is cute and does have somewhat of a lesson in it. This is a great book for your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Sendak is awesome!

    Pierre has been a favorite of mine since childhood, although I must admit that Max and the wildthings are the absolute greatest. Sendak has a wonderful way of making stories memorable for children of all ages for a lifetime. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    Wonderful memories with Maurice Sendak

    An all time favorite for all my children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    A lesson to be learned for children!

    This is another work of literary art from Maurice Sendak. ('Where the Wild Things Are') Although short in content, this book teaches children to obey their parents/elders and to take intrest in their surroundings. With a comical twist! This was a favorite of mine as a child and still is today!

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