Spotlight on: Maurice Sendak

We were saddened to learn of the passing of prolific children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak yesterday. Sendak was born in 1928 in Brooklyn New York to Polish-Jewish immigrants. His early life was somewhat traumatic as his family came to grips with the death of many of his relatives in Europe during the Holocaust.

After seeing  Disney’s Fantasia as a child he knew he wished to be an illustrator, his first illustrations being published in 1947. The 1950’s were spent illustrating numorous children’s books and then in the 60’s he became a household name after writing and illustrating the classic, Where the Wild things Are. Sendak wrote around 20 stories and illustrated over 50. He died from a stroke on May 8.