Monday, March 22, 2010


This is -hands down- my favorite of the rejected library books.

By Ruth Krauss, pictures by Maurice Sendak (Harper & Row, 1952).

Ruth and Maurice have produced 8 books together since the 1940's. Both are giant innovators in children's literature. Early in her career, Ruth was a member of the Experimental Writer's Laboratory at the Bank Street School in NYC, an experimental nursery school founded by Lucy Mitchell that passed students through to Caroline Pratt's City and Country School.

1 comment:

David Baker said...

I love this book too. I've read it many times to my boys --and even once thought that one of the illustrations was tatoo worthy. Great find. "A Very Special House" is also remarkable. After about the 50th read a sort of song and rhythm begans to develop.