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The Biography of  Maurice Sendak   By: Melanie Sanborn
<ul><li>Meet… </li></ul>
Maurice Sendak   *Born June 10th 1928 in Brooklyn, New York *Illustrated over 100 children's books *Written more than 80 c...
Inspirations for Writing He has been quoted as saying, &quot;My gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart. I belie...
Robert Louis Stevenson  Mark Twain  *Got him books from library when  he was a kid A Child's Garden of Verses The Luck of ...
Inspirations for Illustrating *At the age of twelve, Sendak saw the film Fantasia and decided to become a cartoonist. *He ...
Toulouse LauTrec
Who he has Inspired   “ Without Sendak, an enormous void would exist in contemporary American children's books. We can onl...
<ul><li>Maguire enjoys Sendak's works so much that he wrote a tributary book dedicated to Sendak's life and accomplishment...
Awards <ul><li>Caldecott Medal for  Where the Wild Things Are , 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>Hans Christian Andersen Award for c...
Where the Wild Things Are (1963) <ul><li>Considered a cherished classic of children’s literature </li></ul><ul><li>Many re...
In The Night Kitchen (1970) <ul><li>“ The story depicted a young boy, Mickey, who woke up in the middle of the night and &...
Trends <ul><li>Based on his own life </li></ul><ul><li>Alone </li></ul><ul><li>Boy character usually used </li></ul><ul><l...
Common Themes Used In Writings <ul><li>Songs  </li></ul><ul><li>Rhyming </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition </li></ul>
Works Cited <ul><li>&quot;About Maurice Sendak | American Masters.&quot;  PBS: Public Broadcasting Service . 24 Aug. 2007....
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  1. 1. The Biography of Maurice Sendak By: Melanie Sanborn
  2. 2. <ul><li>Meet… </li></ul>
  3. 3. Maurice Sendak *Born June 10th 1928 in Brooklyn, New York *Illustrated over 100 children's books *Written more than 80 children’s books *Is also a designer of opera and ballet productions *Youngest of 3 children, each born five years apart *Parents came from Poland before WWI *Very poor *Many of his family died in the Holocaust during WWII. *Jewish- doesn’t practice *Was very sick as a child *Didn’t like school *Terrible at sports http://www.nndb.com/people/275/000023206/
  4. 4. Inspirations for Writing He has been quoted as saying, &quot;My gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart. I believe in them with all my heart.“ So he spends his days pondering his heroes: Mozart, Keats, Blake, Melville and Dickinson. He admires and yearns for their “ability to be private, the ability to be alone, the ability to follow some spiritual course not written down by anybody.” Mozart John Keats Herman Melville Emily Dickinson Typee and Moby Dick http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/arts/design/10sendak.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2
  5. 5. Robert Louis Stevenson Mark Twain *Got him books from library when he was a kid A Child's Garden of Verses The Luck of Roaring Camp The Prince and the Pauper *His father was his favorite storyteller *He told Maurice stories about the gruesome deaths suffered by relatives left in the old country. Bret Harte Sister http://www.nndb.com/people/275/000023206/
  6. 6. Inspirations for Illustrating *At the age of twelve, Sendak saw the film Fantasia and decided to become a cartoonist. *He loved to draw, often inspired by the efforts of his older brother. *Strong influences from Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, as well as Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso. Marc Chagall Henri Matisse Francisco de Goya Pablo Picasso http://www.nndb.com/people/275/000023206/
  7. 7. Toulouse LauTrec
  8. 8. Who he has Inspired “ Without Sendak, an enormous void would exist in contemporary American children's books. We can only try to imagine what children's literature would be like without Sendak's fantasies and the characters and places visited in them.” Professor of English at the University of Florida and a past president of the Children's Literature Association. “ Perhaps no one has done as much to show the power of the written word on children, not to mention on their parents, as Maurice Sendak.”—President Clinton, January 9, 1997. “ He’s one of the most important, if not the most important, writers and artists ever to work in children’s literature. In fact, he’s a significant writer and artist in literature. Period.” Tony Kushner http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0801320.html http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/10/arts/design/10sendak.html?_r=2 http://childrensbooks.about.com/cs/authorsillustrato/a/sendakartistry.htm
  9. 9. <ul><li>Maguire enjoys Sendak's works so much that he wrote a tributary book dedicated to Sendak's life and accomplishments, titled Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation . </li></ul><ul><li>“ There are many people (few of them children) in the world of children's literature (and rather more outside it) who are offended by some of Sendak's work for a variety of reasons. But I believe those to be the people who don't remember childhood, who have repressed it and like to look back on it as a lovely time of play and innocence and joy. Sendak has a real ability to enter the landscape of childhood—REAL childhood—and render its lights and its shadows, too. There is nothing cutesy about Sendak's work, though the monsters in Where the Wild Things Are are rather splendid companions rather than the creatures of nightmare.” </li></ul>Gregory Maguire Author of “Wicked” Stephanie Tolan http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0801320.html
  10. 10. Awards <ul><li>Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are , 1964 </li></ul><ul><li>Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, 1970 </li></ul><ul><li>National Book Award, 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>National Medal of Arts, 1996. </li></ul><ul><li>Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Maurice Sendak has been honored in North Hollywood, California, where an elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) has been named after him. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where the Wild Things Are (1963) <ul><li>Considered a cherished classic of children’s literature </li></ul><ul><li>Many reviewers predicted that children would be terrified </li></ul><ul><li>Many parents protested the book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child yelling at his mother </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Running away from home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others thought the story was clever and imaginative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children adored the book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Won Caldecott Medal in 1964 </li></ul></ul>http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Maurice-Sendak.html
  12. 12. In The Night Kitchen (1970) <ul><li>“ The story depicted a young boy, Mickey, who woke up in the middle of the night and &quot;fell through the dark and out of his clothes,&quot; tumbling into a gigantic bowl of dough in the kitchen of his house. The panel that seized the public's attention was a picture of Mickey falling through the sky, naked, with his penis visible.” </li></ul><ul><li>Many librarians and booksellers rejected the book </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some critics have taken interpretation of the book to a sexual extreme, seeing the nudity, free-flowing milky fluids, and giant milk bottle as convenient symbols within a subversive tale about masturbation. “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was listed number 21 on the &quot;100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Even in 2004, the book made the top-ten. </li></ul><ul><li>Despite this fact, the book continues to be celebrated by children and parents everywhere and has become a well-loved classic. </li></ul>http://www.nndb.com/people/275/000023206/ http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Maurice-Sendak.html
  13. 13. Trends <ul><li>Based on his own life </li></ul><ul><li>Alone </li></ul><ul><li>Boy character usually used </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wild” animals </li></ul><ul><li>Moon </li></ul><ul><li>“ His characters looked rumpled and dumpy compared to the fresh-scrubbed, athletic children then in fashion. “ </li></ul>http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-sendak-maurice.asp http://www.nndb.com/people/275/000023206/
  14. 14. Common Themes Used In Writings <ul><li>Songs </li></ul><ul><li>Rhyming </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition </li></ul>
  15. 15. Works Cited <ul><li>&quot;About Maurice Sendak | American Masters.&quot; PBS: Public Broadcasting Service . 24 Aug. 2007. Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/maurice-sendak/about-maurice-sendak/701>. </li></ul><ul><li>Gregory, Carol, and Inez Ramsey. &quot;Maurice Sendak.&quot; Kidsreads.com . 1998. Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-sendak-maurice.asp>. </li></ul><ul><li>Ludden, Jennifer. &quot;A Conversation with Maurice Sendak : NPR.&quot; NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR . Alice Winkler, 4 June 2005. Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4680590>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Maurice Sendak.&quot; NNDB: Tracking the Entire World . Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.nndb.com/people/275/000023206/>. </li></ul><ul><li>O'Keeffe, Hope. &quot;Maurice Sendak — FactMonster.com.&quot; Fact Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help — FactMonster.com . Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0801320.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Roth, Matthue. &quot;Maurice Sendak.&quot; Balanced Views of Religion and Spirituality with Faith | Patheos . 16 Oct. 2009. Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Maurice-Sendak.html>. </li></ul>
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