I am an elementary school librarian. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that here before, but it might be a helpful bit of information. You can use it to explain any future references I might make to Dr. Seuss or Mary Poppins. It may help you understand why the people I work with have asked me questions like “Does the baby come out of a private place?” and “If your baby ever comes out can I see it?”
Also, it explains the reason for this post, which is a brief departure from my usual baby-filled updates.
My principal came down to give me the news right as my 2nd grade class arrived (warning to principals: apparently, pregnant children’s librarians will cry over something like this, so tread lightly…) and I was a bit emotional over the whole thing.
When I remember my childhood, it looks an awful lot like a Maurice Sendak book: a little bit ridiculous, a little bit scary, with lots of mischief thrown in. As a kid, my bookshelf was peppered with his work. My brother and sister and I watched “Really Rosie,” a Carole King musical version of Sendak’s Nutshell Gang until the VHS was nearly worn out. This past Christmas I realized that Sendak designed the sets and costumes for my favorite 1986 film version of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.” He also illustrated the book I named this blog after.
I felt like I should at least mention Mr. Sendak’s passing here. So, Mr. Sendak, thank you for all the great stories. You were the king of all Wild Things!