Why I Love This Book
This book was Maurice Sendak's, breakout title. It broke the typical children's book stereotype and brought him to the forefront as one of America's most beloved children's authors. The book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
On a personal note, this book was one of the first that I read to my daughter in-utero. I read it so many times that she started responding to my voice each time I read the line, "We'll eat you up-- we love you so!" . This may have just been my imagination, but I believe it to be true.
Another memory of this book involves both of my children. Whenever we'd get to the 3 spreads depicting the "wild rumpus", we'd all yell "Rumpus Page" with each page turn.
I must also mention that even with its fame, for years this book has received mixed reviews. Some felt the book to be frightening, while others viewed it as a way to help children overcome nighttime fears.
Click HERE to learn about the origin story of this title. When you get to the site, choose #8.
This book offers multiple opportunities for learning that go far beyond what's printed on the page or seen in the illustrations. Here's a small sample:
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Where the Wild Things Are
Adding an element of play is yet another way to deepen the understanding of the concepts introduced within the multiple readings of the story. You'll be surprised at the amount of learning that's transferred and reinforced through imaginative play.
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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald